Priest accused of voyeurism

Priest accused of voyeurism

Father Aidan Patrick McCann.

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A priest has appeared in court accused of voyeurism.

Father Aidan Patrick McCann (35) appeared at Craigavon Magistrates Court by videolink from his solicitor’s office and confirmed that he understood the single charge against him.

Father McCann, with an address at the parochial house on Maddens Row in Keady, is accused of voyeurism on 28 March this year in that “for the purpose of sexual gratification, he observed a female doing a private act knowing that the outer person did not consent to being observed for your sexual gratification.”

None of the alleged facts surrounding the offence were opened in court but giving evidence to the court, Const. Mosgrove said she believed she could connect the priest to the offence.

It is understood charge arises following an incident involving a female at a changing room in Rushmere shopping centre, just across the road from the court.

Defence solicitor Harry McCourt confirmed he did not have any questions pertaining to McCann being formally connected to the charge while a prosecuting lawyer suggested the case be adjourned “for some time” as the full file was not due to be received until 16 June.

District Judge Bernie Kelly put the case back to 24 June.

Father McCann was ordained as a priest in July 2015 and serves in the Armagh Diocese.

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