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Police charge man with historic sex offences against six children over 10 years

The 39-year-old - alleged to have abused four girls and two boys between 1999 and 2009 - is due to appear at Craigavon Magistrates Court on March 1

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A 39-year-old man has been charged with historic child sex abuse offences stretching over the course of a decade.

The Child Abuse Investigation Unit in Portadown arrested the man yesterday (Monday).

He was charged with non-recent child sexual abuse offences involving four female and two male victims between 1999 and 2009.

He is due to appear at Craigavon Magistrates court on March 1, 2024.

As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

This comes only a day after non-recent child abuse victim, Julieanne Boyle, spoke out publicly as part of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, urging more victims to come forward.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lindsay Fisher from the Service’s Public Protection Branch said: “On Monday, we encouraged victims of non-recent child sexual abuse to break their silence and report, with a brave survivor waiving her anonymity as a beacon of hope for justice.

“We want to continue to act in safeguarding further victims, like we have this week. Last year the six victims in this case spoke out for the first time, after years of silence and yesterday we arrested and charged their alleged perpetrator.

“This only serves to reiterate our commitment to tackling these crimes and bringing people before the courts. The perpetrators of these crimes are only ever the ones at fault and don’t let the passage of time stop you from finally having your voice heard. We will listen, support and robustly investigate, always.”

If you have experienced any form of sexual abuse, contact police on 101, or in an emergency call 999. You can also report online at

Non-recent sexual offences reporting has been steadily increasing over the past five years, with reported offences in Northern Ireland totalling almost 5,800. In 2022/23 1,245 non-recent sexual crimes were reported to Police, an increase of 17% from 2018/19.

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