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Man (51) admits ‘attempted sexual communication with child’

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A 51-year-old man who has admitted ‘attempted sexual communication with a child’ has been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Richard Nevin, of Ballyclogh Road, Bushmills, was at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to the one charge he faced.

The charge is that ‘on dates between 27/09/2019 and 03/10/2019, being a person aged 18 years or over, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, intentionally attempted to communicate with a person under 16 years, the communication being sexual or intended to encourage the said person to make a communication that was sexual, and you did not reasonably believe that the victim was 16 years or over’.

No other details regarding the background to the case were given to the court.

A prosecutor said there would be an application for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

District Judge Peter King told the defendant: “Given the nature of the charge you are subject to ‘notification’.

“I have an application for a SOPO, I’m not going to grant that today. Bail conditions can deal with that going forward”.

The judge said the exact length of the period the defendant will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register will also be determined at a later court.

A previous court heard that as part of his bail the defendant is to have no contact with any person under the age of 16 unless approved by social services.

The case was adjourned to April for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

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