April 18, 2006

County Antrim man admits raping 12-year-old girl


TUESDAY 18/04/2006 14:44:55

A man accused of being part of a paedophile ring with a Catholic priest has admitted raping a young girl.

William Adams, 38, pleaded guilty today to raping the 12-year-old girl in Blackpool, Lancs, in July and August last year.

However, he denied 11 other counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault, sexual touching and child abduction - all relating to the same girl - between May and November last year.

Adams, originally from Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, appeared before Liverpool Crown Court via videolink. He was remanded in custody.

Last week, Fr Jeremiah McGrath denied one count of sexual assault and three counts of facilitating a child sexual offence.

Posted by kshaw at April 18, 2006 10:25 AM