BBC NI Dublin
|Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey has stepped down as the party's |
director of elections Patrick Sweeney
Fianna Fáil is a right of centre political party in the Republic of Ireland. Pat Carey served as the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs from 2010 to 2011, and also as Government Chief Whip from 2008 to 2010.
Mr Carey said he does not know if he is the former minister at the centre of the inquiry.
Seems like an odd reason to resign. You don't know if it's you so you resign just in case. Curious!
In a statement issued by his solicitor Mr Carey said he was "distraught" and that he had "no knowledge of the actual complaints allegedly made"
He said any allegation against him was "unfounded."
|Carey came out as being gay (cartoon Irish Independent 1916)|
Mr Carey, who is the chairman of the Irish Red Cross, said that it was "with a heavy heart" that he was stepping down from his public role in all organisations with which he is involved.
It's understood that gardai began an investigation after an alleged female victim reportedly told them that a former minister, who has not been officially named, abused her while in his previous profession.
The alleged abuse did not involve intimate sexual contact and was reported to have taken place in Dublin and the midlands.
The former minister has yet to be interviewed and given a chance to respond to the allegations made against him.
From BBC Wales
Gordon Anglesea, 78, of Old Colwyn, Conwy county, was charged with five counts of sexual assault and two serious sexual offences in July.
He has since been charged with two indecent assaults and an additional serious sexual offence.
On Tuesday at Llandudno Magistrates' Court, he was bailed to next appear at Mold Crown Court on 20 November.
The offences are alleged to have taken place against four boys aged under 16, between 1979 and 1987.
Mr Anglesea's arrest was part of an inquiry into allegations of historical sexual abuse in the north Wales care system.
From BBC Manchester
|Caroline Berriman was originally given a suspended sentence for having sex |
with a teenager while working as a teaching assistant (Facebook)
Caroline Berriman, 30, who worked at Abraham Moss Community School in Manchester, had a suspended sentence given to her in September overturned.
She had admitted having sex with the pupil, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
The original sentence was referred for being "unduly lenient".
The case was referred by Attorney General Jeremy Wright who pointed to the abuse of trust, the disparity in age and the significant degree of planning or grooming behaviour.
Three judges in London said a sentence of immediate custody was in all the circumstances "clearly necessary and proportionate".
Berriman, of Oldham, was ordered to surrender to her local police station.
The sexual activity took place on 80 occasions over three to four months and resulted in a pregnancy which was terminated, the court heard.
The boy moved in with Berriman but when the situation deteriorated he rang ChildLine and said he was thinking of taking his own life.
When the police became involved he told them he felt "scarred" by what had happened.
Not that I'm not empathetic, but it seems to have taken a lot of scarring before he was moved to action.
Lord Justice Treacy said: "What took place did so on a very large number of occasions and involved her taking the victim to live with her as if the pair were ordinary lovers.
"It seems to us that conduct of this sort and on this scale clearly called for an immediate custodial sentence of some substance."
The original trial judge took into account Berriman's guilty plea, her previous good character and the fact she had to care for a young child when imposing a suspended sentence.
The length of the custodial sentence was also tempered by Berriman's family situation, the judge added.
From BBC Nottingham
A "pornography obsessed" man who spied on women and children - photographing and filming them with his phone - has been jailed for 12 years.
Thomas Leonard was caught when someone mistook him for a burglar on a shed roof after he had climbed up to film a semi-naked girl asleep on her bed.
Police found almost a million indecent images of children and pictures of child sex abuse on his laptop.
The 23-year-old, from Nottinghamshire, also had sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Filmed in playgrounds
Leonard, of Bracken Avenue, New Ollerton, admitted 21 charges and was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.
Det Insp Pete Quinn, from Nottinghamshire Police, said Leonard's behaviour was extreme.
"I've been dealing with these offences for some time and this is the first case I've known of somebody going to these lengths," he said.
"Leonard was obsessed with sex and pornography. It pretty much defined his life and defined what he did, day-in day-out."
Police found hours of footage on his phone, including children in playgrounds and women he had followed in public.
"It was clearly something he took some sexual gratification from," said Det Insp Quinn.
"Some of the footage would be an adult female some distance away and maybe the camera would pan down to himself."
Leonard had sex with a 14-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook, but Det Insp Quinn believes he would have sexually assaulted a random woman or child if he had not been caught.
When his home was searched in October 2014 police found more than 900,000 indecent images of female children on his laptop, including images he had downloaded and some he created himself.
Some of the images were "pseudo" images, which he created by doctoring photos to make them pornographic.
There were so many indecent images that only a small percentage could be categorised, but they included more than 500 classed as Category A - the most serious type.
The 21 charges were:
Six counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of a child
Causing or inciting a female child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
Four counts of recording a person doing a private act
Two counts of possessing incident photographs or pseudo photographs of a child
Trespass with intent to commit a relevant sexual offence
Taking indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of a child
Sexual activity with a female child under 16, no penetration
Four counts of sexual activity with a female child under 16, with penetration