Dromintee residents concerned over child abuse charges

April 15, 2013

Residents in Dromintee have raised concerns regarding the revelation that an alleged sex offender is living in the village, close to the school and a creche.

The man in question, although not convicted, faces fourteen counts of child abuse.  One charge relates to a rape which is alleged to have taken place in the south of Ireland while all the remaining allegations are understood to relate to offences within the Omagh district over a three year period. He faces six charges of gross indecency with a child, three charges of rape, three charges of buggery with a girl and two charges of indecently assaulting a female. All fourteen charges are of a historical nature.

The location of the man sparked similar concerns in Newtownhamilton back in January when the accused was thought to have been living at an address in Five Mile Road.

Police at the time sought to allay the fears of the public and, again, when contacted by The Examiner regarding the latest concerns of Dromintee locals, a PSNI spokesperson confirmed that police would not comment on specific details of individuals but encouraged any member of the public with concerns regarding any aspect of public safety to contact them directly to discuss their concerns.

In a statement released to The Examiner, the police spokesperson revealed the Public Protection Arrangements process in place in Northern Ireland for assessing and managing the risk posed by sex offenders.

“Public protection arrangements are understood as co-operation between police, probation and social services focused almost exclusively on the assessment and management of risk posed by offenders in the community.

“Risk management is both complex and dynamic. For each offender it involves the preparation of a plan to address the specific risks identified in relation to the individual whilst they are in the community. Risk management plans will include actions to monitor the behaviour and attitudes of the offender and, when necessary, intervene in the individual’s life in order to minimise the risk of serious harm to others. These arrangements apply to convicted offenders.

“In cases where individuals are subject to bail conditions imposed by the Courts, specialist investigating officers are aware of the bail conditions and monitor them closely,” the statement read.