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Former priest accused of breaching Sexual Offences Prevention Order

Former priest Daniel Curran. pictured at an earlier court appearance. Picture by Alan Lewis/ PhotopressBelfast

A FORMER priest who was a serial sex abuser for almost 20 years was yesterday accused of breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Almost four years to the day since he last appeared in court, Daniel John Curran (72) was charged at Downpatrick Magistrates Court with breaching his lifelong SOPO on August 12 this year.

It is alleged that Curran, from Bryansford Avenue in Newcastle, breached the SOPO in that he "remained / loitered at Tullymore National Activity Centre which by its nature is likely to attract or be frequented by children under 16 years without permission of your designated risk manager".

A police officer told the court he believed he could connect Curran to the charge and District Judge Amanda Brady adjourned the case to September 22.

Curran last appeared in court in 2018 when he was handed a 200-hour community service order for sexually abusing a boy more than 20 years ago.

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