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Offences against Children

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were convicted in connection with an offence of a sexual nature that involved a child under 15 in each of the last three years. (318064)

The information is not available in the format requested. Northern Ireland conviction data do not include victim information, such as age, in relation to the commission of an offence. It is possible, therefore, only to give the number of convictions for those sexual offences which by their definition refer to a child or children. The one exception to this is the offence ‘unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 14 years’—which confirms that the victim was under 15.

Convictions for these offences are documented in the following table. Data cover the calendar years 2004 to 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available) and are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence for which an offender is convicted is included.

Number of convictions for sexual offences involving children by offence 2004-06

Offence

2004

2005

2006

Gross indecency with child

3

6

5

Buggery with a boy under 16 years

6

1

3

Buggery with a girl

1

0

0

Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 14 years

4

3

3

Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 17 years

2

4

5

Permitting girl under 17 years to use premises for intercourse

0

1

0

Indecent assault on female child

3

18

2

Indecent assault on male child

4

5

0

Meeting a child following sexual grooming

0

0

2

Distributing indecent photograph or pseudo photographs of children

1

1

1

Possessing indecent photograph or pseudo photographs of children

1

2

0

Possession of indecent/pseudo photographs of children with a view to distribution

1

0

0

Taking indecent photograph or pseudo photographs of children

8

1

0

Copying indecent photograph or pseudo photographs of children

2

0

0

Making indecent photograph or pseudo photographs of children

7

10

15

Total

43

52

36