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PAEDO LIVING next to top CITY school

By Christopher Woodhouse ·

A PAEDOPHILE was housed next to one of Northern Ireland's top schools even though he was already a convicted sex offender, Sunday Life can reveal.

Christopher Moreland, who last week pleaded guilty to having an indecent movie of a child, was living just yards from the gates of the prestigious Belfast Royal Academy.

Moreland was placed in the flat by the Probation Board despite already being subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for previous offences.

The child sex creep was living next to the north Belfast school for 13 months after being charged before his bail was revoked earlier this year.

At Belfast Crown Court last week, he admitted to breaching his SOPO by having an Xbox games console and a mobile phone, which could both access the internet.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of being in possession of an extreme pornographic image and another of having an indecent image, namely a movie, of a child, all on April 24 last year.

His Honour Judge Geoffrey Miller QC ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for Moreland to return for sentencing on September 14.

Moreland was first charged with the offences on April 25 last year and granted bail to live in a flat on Brookhill Avenue, next to the gates of the grammar school, the following month.

But in June this year, bail was revoked and he was remanded in Maghaberry prison, where he has remained ever since.

Headmistress of Belfast Royal Academy, Hilary Woods, said she was not aware Moreland was living so close to the school and would be talking with the school's safeguarding team and the police about the matter.

A spokesperson for the Probation Service told Sunday Life: "Each offender managed through the multi-agency public protection arrangements is individually assessed and managed.

"A risk management plan is devised to address the specific risks posed by the offender in order that the restrictions imposed are individual to the offender.

"Unless the court has imposed restrictions as to where an offender can live, they can live where they choose to.

"However, their designated risk manager will assess the suitability of accommodation the offender is requesting to live in and if there is deemed to be an increased risk, they will be required to seek other accommodation."

The school, which was founded in 1785, is the oldest in the city.

Sited on the Cliftonville Road, it has an enrolment of around 1,400 and boasts an impressive list of alumni.

Among those who have attended the school are former head of the Church of Ireland, Robin Eames, famed editor of The Irish Times, Douglas Gageby, and Irish rugby legend, Dr Jack Kyle.

cwoodhouse@sundaylife.co.uk

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