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Keady priest accused of voyeurism in shopping centre has stepped down, court hears

Father Aidan Patrick McCann

A Keady priest accused of voyeurism has had to “step down from his role”, a court heard today (Friday).

Defence solicitor Harry McCourt also told Craigavon Magistrates’ Court the charge and the delays are “causing him difficulties” but as District Judge Bernie Kelly told him, “think of the [alleged] victim.”

Father Aidan McCann (35), with an address at the parochial house on Maddens Row in Keady, is accused of voyeurism on March 28 this year in that “for the purpose of sexual gratification, he observed a female doing a private act knowing that the outer person did not consent to being observed for your sexual gratification.”

None of the alleged facts surrounding the offence have been opened in court but it is understood the charge arises following an alleged incident involving a female at a changing room in Rushmere shopping centre, just across the road from the court.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court today (Friday) that “the full file is in” so she was asking for the case to be put back to October 21 for a decision.

Freeing McCann on continuing bail, District Judge Kelly acceded to the PPS application.

Father McCann was ordained as a priest in July 2015 and serves in the Armagh Diocese.

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