September 2018

Notorious sex offender James White back in jail after going on the run

One of two sex offenders tied up and beaten by ‘locals’ in south Armagh earlier this year was back in court today (Monday) for breaching the terms of his licence.

James White – described in court as a Category Two sex offender – appeared at Belfast Crown Court, where he admitted two breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

The 48-year old, whose address was given as Antrim Road in Belfast, pleaded guilty to owning both a Samsung mobile and a Samsung tablet last October, without the prior approval of a designated risk manager.

He was handed a two-year sentence by Judge Geoffery Miller QC, which will be divided between a year in prison, followed by a year on licence.

During today’s sentencing, a barrister representing White said the breaches occurred when he “disengaged” with Probation, then went on the run.

She also revealed White has been in police custody following an incident in April involving her client and a second man, Alexis Guesto, where the pair were “subjected to a savage attack, tied up and beaten … which appeared on social media.”

Crown prosecutor Gareth Purvis said White’s breaches came to light last October, when police carried out a search of his hostel accommodation. During the search, a tablet and mobile phone were seized and later analysed.

Despite White calling a woman, and accessing the internet searching for dogs and houses, the devices were not used for any activity deemed criminal. It was, however, a breach of the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, and he later left the hostel without permission in February this year.

Mr Purvis said: “He was at large in the south, then made this way to the north. He was found with another sex offender in the south Armagh area in April.”

The court heard White had 47 previous convictions on both sides of the border which included sexual offences against “males, females and children”, with his last sexual offence against a child committed back in 1994.

It also emerged that White was made the subject of a SOPO at Dungannon Crown Court last March, but he breached this last October by owning the Samsung mobile and tablet.

Handing White a two-year sentence for breaching the SOPO, Judge Miller said he “chose to disengage” with the terms of his licence after being released from custody last year, and “failed to avail of the assistance of Probation Service.”

Judge Miller also spoke of how White came to be arrested in April, and added: “It is not for vigilantes and so-called paedophile hunters to take the law into their own hands.”

The Judge told White he will not be eligible for release until next September, and recommended that as part of his licence, White participates in programmes designed to reduce any risk he poses to the public.

July 2018

Belfast paedophile in court over internet use

A convicted paedophile will be sentenced next month for breaching yet another sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

James White appeared at Belfast Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to two charges of accessing the internet using his Samsung mobile phone “without prior approval by his designated risk manager” between September and October last year.

No details surrounding his latest SOPO breaches were given to the court.

The 48-year-old – who has an address at a hostel on Belfast’s Antrim Road – was remanded back into custody.

Previously it was reported that White’s whereabouts had been unknown for almost a year after he left an approved address without permission.

In October 1998 when he was convicted of two counts of buggery and five of sexual assaults on underage boys.

Further allegations were made against him in 2005. A youth alleged White had indecently assaulted him when he was aged about nine.

August 2016

Convicted rapist charged over approach to Co Tyrone boy

A paedophile with a horrific history of the rape and molestation of underage boys has been charged with making contact with a 14-year-old boy in Ballygawley in contravention of a Sex Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Although originally from Crossmaglen, James White’s address was given as North Street, Stewartstown when he appeared before Omagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

In December last year it was reported the highly dangerous paedophile had gone off the police radar despite being subject to the strict SOPO which included the condition that his designated risk manager be aware, and approve of, where he is residing.

The 45-year-old has been charged with six counts of contravening the order he received in October 1998 when he was convicted of two counts of buggery and five of sexual assaults on underage boys.

White was charged with living at two addresses without the permission of the designated risk manager between January 3 and July 25 this year and failing to notify police of his address.

It is also alleged that in contravention of the order, he had possession of a mobile phone that gave him access to the internet, had contact with a 14-year-old boy in Ballygawley, permitted a person under the age of 18 to consume alcohol in the Ballygawley area and left Northern Ireland without the approval of his designated risk manager.

After the short hearing he was remanded into custody.

White has a history of child sex abuse stretching back years.

In 1998 he was jailed for five years for horrific sex attacks on a teenage boy in Co Meath a year earlier.

At the same time, police on this side of the border were probing similar allegations against him.

Further allegations were made against him in 2005. A youth alleged White had indecently assaulted him when he was aged about nine.

Police from the Child Abuse and Rape Enquiry unit interviewed the boy, but prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.

White will appear back before Dungannon Magistrates Court by videolink on August 17 in relation to breaches of the SOPO.