Man charged after International policing operation tracks him down in Newry over child rape

The PSNI have arrested a man.

A man has been charged with rape and sexual activity by adult with a child between 13 and 16 years old after being arrested in the Newry area following an international policing operation.

The man is due to appear before Newry Magistrates Court via video link tomorrow, Wednesday 13th April.Speaking after the arrest earlier on Tuesday, Detective Chief Inspector, Kerry Brennan, from the Police’s Public Protection Branch explained: "Following a proactive policing operation, a 29-year-old man has been arrested for a number of sexual offences against a child, including rape.

“This man has been wanted since 2020. He had been living and working in Holland, where he was found guilty of child sex offences and asked to leave the country in November 2021.

“Working with Interpol, Detectives tracked him down in Northern Ireland to arrest him for the outstanding child sexual offences. He remains in custody at this time.

“As a police service, safeguarding children and bringing offenders of these crimes to justice remains a top priority.

"Those who seek to harm children in this way in Northern Ireland should be fearful of the consequence of their actions.

"Anyone concerned that a child may be being groomed or at risk of sexual exploitation or abuse, please contact police on 101, or in an emergency always dial 999."