The 25-year-old served a three-month prison sentence last year for distributing an indecent image of a child.
Glentoran manager Mick McDermott says the footballer deserves an opportunity to rebuild his life and career.
A women’s group has said they are “appalled” and “disappointed” at the decision.
In June 2016, Donnelly took a photograph of a 16-year-old girl while they were having sex.
The photograph was sent to a friend and a WhatsApp group that included fellow Cliftonville players. It was then leaked and appeared on social media.
In November 2018 Donnelly admitted the charge of distributing an indecent image of a child and was sentenced to four months in jail the following year, which was later reduced to three months.
“Jay has made amends for that, he has served his time, he has apologised for it,” he said.
“He knows he made a critical mistake, a lapse in judgment at that time.
“That’s not to diminish the impact that it had on the young lady at time by no means, we have to remember there was a victim in this case.”
In a statement on the Glentoran FC website, Donnelly said he was “humbled” to be given the opportunity.
“I wish to express my complete remorse and regret at the actions that led to my conviction in 2019,” he said.
“Age and immaturity are not an excuse for an action that I now realise to have been very hurtful and damaging to the woman and her family. “
He added that he had agreed with the club to undertake “counselling and guidance on appropriate behaviour”.
Debate is only beginning
Analysis by Mark Simpson, BBC News NI
Glentoran were well aware that the signing of Jay Donnelly would provoke a debate.
When the club announced the signing on Twitter, they blocked all replies to the post.
They have sent Donnelly out on loan, and will be hoping that when he returns to Glentoran in January the controversy will have receded.
In the meantime, Donnelly is being asked by the media to agree to an interview. After his conviction in 2019, he turned down an interview request outside court.
In a statement on the Glentoran website, he said: “I can guarantee everyone both in football and society that I have learned from my mistake.”
The club are hoping that will be the end of the matter, but it seems the debate is only just beginning.
The news of the signing has sparked an angry reaction from women’s group, the Belfast Feminist Network.
It said it was “appalled” at Glentoran’s decision and “disappointed” that Donnelly would be “held up as a role model when he is anything but”.
The group also expressed anger at the wording used by the football club to announce the signing.
“Even in the midst of trying to acknowledge the hurt caused by Donnelly’s crime Glentoran has chosen to use language that plays down and makes excuses for his behaviour and attempts to shift blame on to others,” they said.
“Possessing sexual photos of anyone under 18 is a crime. Sharing that photo with any other individual is a crime.”
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LOYALIST Mark Harbinson is attempting to set up his own ‘Orange Vanguard’ to oppose the proposed Brexit trade deal that will see a border checks in Northern Ireland. Harbinson, who was once a high-profile Orangeman, is attempting to garner support for an ‘Ulster Day of Action’. The 53-year-old has been calling on loyalists to join him on September 19th, at a venue yet to be confirmed, to oppose Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal which is seen by many loyalists as a betrayal. Loyalists from various groups have been invited to meet Harbinson to plan the formation of a new group calling itself the ‘Orange Vanguard’. Harbinson has sent messages to supporters through loyalist forums and social media pages in recent weeks saying: “Keep the date free. If you don’t want an Irish Sea border you’ll want to support this.”
The controversial loyalist held an event close to his Stoneyford home on July 11th to gauge support for his plans. He was shunned by many loyalists after being found guilty of child abuse but retained a small hardcore ofsupport despite the nature of his conviction. In 2011 the Stoneyford-based loyalist was convicted of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl he met when he was a leading member of the Pride of the Village Flute Band in Stoneyford. Because of time already spent in custody, he served two years. At his trial the jury failed to reach a verdict on five other charges including indecent assault. He was acquitted of indecently assaulting a 12-year-old schoolboy.
Harbinson was originally caught by police with the schoolgirl in his car on October 26th 2009. Police also found images of the child topless on his phone. Analysis of the handset showed more than 1,000 contacts between him and the very young victim. A once prominent member of the Orange Order, and former member of the UDR, he rose to prominence during the Drumcree dispute in Portadown. Following his conviction he was expelled from the Orange Order. In 2012 he failed to have the conviction overturned shouting “no surrender” in a courtroom outburst as the judgement was delivered.
A year later, he reinvolved himself with the flute band despite a court order banning him from having involvement with voluntary groups or charitable organisations involving children. A court heard that in May 2013, he telephoned and then wrote an email to the Parades Commission in protest at restrictions they had imposed on the flute band, signing it ‘Mark Harbinson, Pride of the Village spokesman’. The following year, he was handed a three-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of breaching a sexual offences prevention order. In July 2018 he was acquitted of firearms charges after a three-day trial. A gun, silencer and ammunition were located wrapped in yellow dusters in a biscuit tin in a woodshed in one of the outbuildings at Harbinson’s rural home in December 2015.
A CO DOWN man who admitted possessing child porn and indecent images of children and sharing them online has been sentenced to community service.
Nathan Samuel Francis Orr (25), of Dakota Avenue in Newtownards, was ordered to perform 100 hours’ community service and was placed on probation for two years. The father-of-one will also be on the sex offenders register for 10 years and was made the subject of a five-year sexual prevention order. Downpatrick Crown Court he began to find mainstream pornography ‘Boring’, his desire for illicit material increased and he joined an online group that shared indecent images of children. When Orr’s home was searched in January 2017, police officers seized items including a mobile phone, laptop and tablet and found indecent images of children in the form of both photographs and video files. It also emerged that he had been involved in online chats with others about distributing and trading images.
Orr pleaded guilty to 11 separate charges, including both possessing and distributing indecent images of children, as well as possessing an extreme pornographic image. When he spoke to a probation officer about his offending, he said he accessed the images during periods of binge drinking and when he was feeling lonely and depressed. Orr said that while he found the images sexually arousing, he did not have a sexual interest in children. He also expressed disgust in himself and said he now realises what he was doing was wrong.
Judge Geoffrey Miller noted that he was unemployed and on benefits and had mental health issues. He also said he had a clear criminal record and had not offended since his arrest three and a half years ago. Addressing Orr – who appeared at the remote hearing via a videolink with his solicitor’s office – he said: “The internet opens many positive windows on the world, but on the other hand it is a very dangerous mechanism.
It can allow access to more dangerous avenues which encourage young minds such as yours to effectively click and click and click without perhaps appreciating that these sorts of pictures represent real victims.” After imposing the combination order, the judge said part of Orr’s period on probation should include addressing the issues which motivated his sexually deviant behaviour. He also told him that if he reoffended within the next two years, he would have “no hesitation” in revoking the order and imposing an immediate jail term.
With many thanks to: The Irish News for the original story
A POLICE officer has been charged with historical sex offences against a child.
Ryan McKenna (37), whose address was given as PSNI Headquarters in Belfast, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl between 2003 and 2005. He is also alleged to have made the child engage in sexual activity between 2012 and 2013. A detective constable told Dungannon Magistrates Court the charges could be connected. District Judge Michael Ranaghan remanded him on continuing bail and listed the case for mention next month. It is understood Mr McKenna has been suspended from duty pending the outcome of the case.
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A SERVING British soldier has been charged with rape in the occupied six Counties of the North of Ireland.
Robert Politi (28) did not attend Newry Magistrates Court, sitting in Lisburn yesterday. Mr Politi, whose address was given as c/o Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, faces a single charge of rape on June 21st this year. Granting legal aid, District Judge Amanda Brady adjourned the case until August 12th.
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REVEALED: MONSTER IS SON OF MURDERED IRA INFORMER
DEPRAVED child rapist Paul Fenton is today exposed as the sick monster who raped a 10-year-old child.
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This is the face of a vile sex abuser who tried to heap the blame for his stomach-churning abuse on his young prey – his crimes now exposed. There is no longer any hiding place for monster Fenton, who is the son of murdered IRA informer Joe Fenton. The Sunday World can reveal Fenton was found guilty last November of raping the young girl he sexually abused since she was 10 years of age. And when his sordid crimes were exposed he blamed the little girl whose life he destroyed to fulfil his sick sexual desires. Fenton, who had an address in Ballycastle, appealed his 11-and-a-half-year sentence last week only for appeal judges to take three minutes after private consultation to deny his plea. Fenton raped the innocent child, he even blamed her for instigating the sordid abuse he inflicted. When initially charged with rape and the sexual abuse of the minor, he claimed she started the four-year nightmare.
These ludicrous and stomach-churning claims were slammed by the judge who handed him one of the highest sentences in Northern Irish history for rape and sexual abuse of a minor. He refused to admit his guilt despite damming evidence, forcing his young and traumatised victim to appear in court and be cross-examined in the dock from 10am to 4.30pm. The exhausted child was forced to live through every harrowing moment and every sickening detail of what he did to her and what he forced to do. It was revealed in court that he made her watch pornographic movies, and every opportunity he had he molested her.
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He told her he loved her, that they were best friends and this is what ‘best friends do’. It was only when she grew older she realised the depravity of what was happening to her, that it was wrong and the man who was supposed to be her best friend was a monster. The child, who was a neighbour of Fenton, is now 16 years of age. Her childhood ruined, her innocence taken and any natural trust she had completely shattered. It was only after the young girl, at 13, confided in friends that Fenton was exposed for the paedophile he is. In an exclusive interview with the victim’s grandmother, the true horrors are now exposed. For the Sunday World can reveal that Fenton has claimed to friends that he is working away instead of admitting the truth. At a court hearing last Thursday morning the sicko was almost unrecognisable since his court appearance and sentencing last year (the before and after photographs are both included in the above links).
Sweating profusely, continuously pulling at his face and hair, he looked like a man on the edge. Dark circles, almost like black eyes, were clearly seen from the public gallery. It appeared he was missing several teeth – the Sunday World understands this is the result of a vicious jail-house beating once his identity as a child rapist was discovered by fellow inmates inside Maghaberry Gaol. Speaking to the Sunday World on Saturday night July 4th 2020, the grandmother of Fenton’s brave victim revealed the pain and horror he had inflicted on her innocent granddaughter and the heart-breaking effect it had on the entire family circle. “He is an evil bastard. What he did is unforgivable. She was a baby, she was a innocent child,” the devasted grandmother told the Sunday World.
“He has repeatedly lied, over and over again, telling people he is innocent when every piece of evidence proved he was a rapist, that he raped and abused my lovely granddaughter over and over again. “That is why we as a family have decided to speak out, enough is enough, everyone needs to know what he is. A paedophile, a cruel evil bastard and a liar and coward trying to make out that he is the victim. He makes me sick,” she said. Fenton’s victim told her loving mother what had been happening after she confided in two close friends. “She told two friends and that is how it all came out, one of them, a wee boy came to the house and told her if she didn’t tell her mummy then he would. She called her mum upstairs and told her the awful things he had been doing to her, grinding against her and raping her, and the police were called.” Fenton’s father Joe was murdered by the IRA in 1989 after he was exposed as a Special Branch agent.
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Follow these links to find out more: https://thebrokenelbow.com/2016/05/15/joe-fenton-the-ruc-special-branch-and-the-destruction-of-the-belfast-ira/