Further sex abuse charges against former Crossmaglen GAA official

January 21, 2019

A Crossmaglen man accused of a litany of sexual abuse offences against children and young men has been charged with a further ten additional offences relating to alleged serious sexual abuse of a further three victims.

Thomas McKenna (58), formerly of Dundalk Road in the town, has been held in custody since October last year when he was charged with seventeen offences committed over a 30-year period from 1988.  

A former club Treasurer with Crossmaglen Rangers GFC, McKenna appeared in Newry Magistrates Court on Wednesday last where the prosecution sought his release into police custody for additional questioning on separate allegations.  Judge Eamonn King granted the request and McKenna was subsequently charged with 10 additional offences when he appeared before Banbridge Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Newry, on Thursday morning.  The extra charges relate to the alleged sexual abuse of a further three males and were listed as one count of buggery and one count of attempted buggery of a child aged under 16, as well as indecent assault, sexual assault and sexual assault by penetration against the same victim aged over 16; two counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault against another male over 16 without consent and one count each of sexual assault and sexual assault by penetration against a third male over 16 without consent.

The additonal offences are alleged to have been committed over a period of almost 30 years, from 1991 until 2018.

Appearing in the dock, McKenna spoke only to confirm that he understood the nature of the charges against him.

The initial charges levelled against McKenna include two counts of buggery against males aged over 16 without consent and two gross indecency offences, one of which was against a child; sexual assault, voyeurism and eight counts of indecent assault, as well as making and possessing indecent photographs of children. A final charge relates to his role as a postal operator where he is alleged to have interfered with mail.  

In total nine people have made complaints against the former senior club official.

At Thursday’s hearing, no bail application was made in relation to the additional charges and McKenna was returned to Maghaberry Prison.  He is due to appear in court in Newry again next month.