August 2019

N.I. man Jonathon Conaghan (41) convicted of sexual communication with a child and grooming

A man who “groomed and sexually abused a young boy” while in a position of trust at a theatre group has been jailed.

Police probing the child sex offences in 2017 and 2018 arrested 41-year-old Northern Ireland man Jonathon Conaghan in England last year.

Conaghan, of no fixed abode was convicted of two charges of sexual assault of a child under 13, one charge of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, sexual communication with a child, two charges of voyeurism and meeting a child following grooming. 

He was sentenced to two years and eight months imprisonment, half to be served in custody and half on licence, at Laganside Crown Court today, Wednesday 28 August.

He will also be required to sign the sex offenders’ register for life, is disqualified from working with children and will be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for eight years.

Detective Constable Lizzie Ballentine from PSNI’s Public Protection Branch said: “This conviction relates to offences which took place when Conaghan was involved with a theatre group and which ended last year.

“Conaghan abused his position of trust, grooming and sexually abusing a young boy. Through working with colleagues in Hampshire Constabulary, Conaghan was arrested in England and our police investigation led to this offender being placed before the courts. “