Former Methodist minister admitted having indecent images of children

A FORMER Methodist minister who resigned as a chaplin at Magilligan Prison has been put on the Sex Offenders’ Register after he admitted having indecent images of children.

The 52-year-old ex-chaplin William Alan Macaulay, who also quit as a youth sports coach at one of Northern Ireland’s top ladies’ hockey clubs, Ballymoney, pleaded guilty at Antrim Crown Court to a total of 14 charges dated from August to November 2010.

Macaulay, of Ballynacree Drive, Balnamore village, near Coleraine was later released on continuing bail and will be sentenced next month.

The first of the charges he admitted, dated November 10, accused the shamed cleric of possessing a video of indecent photographs of a child or children.

The next 12 offences are seperate charges, dated from September 1 to October 14, 2010 of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

However, the final count on the indictment, charges Macauley, that between August 31and November 11, 2010, other than is alleged in the first 13 counts, he had in his possession a total of 66 indecent photographs of a child.

When initially charged the Methodist Church in Ireland released a statement confirming that: “Mr Macaulay has resigned as a minister of the Methodist Church in Ireland.”

The church also said he had “not functioned as the Methodist Chaplain to Magilligan Prison since November 2010”.