March 2015

Former teacher pleads guilty over indecent images of children

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A former teacher and Belfast City Council election candidate has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register after admitting making indecent images of children.

Standing in the dock of Downpatrick Crown Court, 60-year-old Peter Prendiville, from Craigdarragh Park in Holywood, entered guilty pleas to a total of 14 counts of making indecent images of children.

The charges dated back to between February 2007 and July 2010.

Prendiville, a former maths teacher at BIFHE and one time SDLP council election candidate, denied nine similar offences – including one charge which alleged he had 1,921 indecent images of children, and another which alleged that he had a video of child sexual abuse lasting just over 15 minutes.

Following the arraignment, defence lawyer Conan Wray said that while there had been “mixed pleas” by Prendiville, his culpability is “by and large admitted”.

The defence lawyer further revealed that there are “ongoing discussions” between the prosecution and defence regarding the “proper charges and categorisation” of the images.

No facts of the case were opened on Tuesday.

But Judge Piers Grant said, given Prendiville’s guilty pleas to some of the charges, he was ordering him to sign the police sex offenders’ register before being released on continuing bail.