August 2016

Convicted rapist charged over approach to Co Tyrone boy

A paedophile with a horrific history of the rape and molestation of underage boys has been charged with making contact with a 14-year-old boy in Ballygawley in contravention of a Sex Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Although originally from Crossmaglen, James White’s address was given as North Street, Stewartstown when he appeared before Omagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

In December last year it was reported the highly dangerous paedophile had gone off the police radar despite being subject to the strict SOPO which included the condition that his designated risk manager be aware, and approve of, where he is residing.

The 45-year-old has been charged with six counts of contravening the order he received in October 1998 when he was convicted of two counts of buggery and five of sexual assaults on underage boys.

White was charged with living at two addresses without the permission of the designated risk manager between January 3 and July 25 this year and failing to notify police of his address.

It is also alleged that in contravention of the order, he had possession of a mobile phone that gave him access to the internet, had contact with a 14-year-old boy in Ballygawley, permitted a person under the age of 18 to consume alcohol in the Ballygawley area and left Northern Ireland without the approval of his designated risk manager.

After the short hearing he was remanded into custody.

White has a history of child sex abuse stretching back years.

In 1998 he was jailed for five years for horrific sex attacks on a teenage boy in Co Meath a year earlier.

At the same time, police on this side of the border were probing similar allegations against him.

Further allegations were made against him in 2005. A youth alleged White had indecently assaulted him when he was aged about nine.

Police from the Child Abuse and Rape Enquiry unit interviewed the boy, but prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.

White will appear back before Dungannon Magistrates Court by videolink on August 17 in relation to breaches of the SOPO.