Durham lie detector test proves abuse
A Durham lie detector test could have helped police prove abuse. A man is to attend court in suspicions of abusing a young girl for almost ten years.
Ian McGinty is to serve a sentence because of an investigation by a local Children’s Safeguarding Unit. Their enquiries began in September 2021 when the victim came forward to police and disclosed McGinty’s offences.
McGinty, 53, from Durham, was put under arrest the same day. He was questioned in connection with the offences, which dated back to 2012.
The early stages of the investigation have revealed that McGinty had previous convictions. McGinty is already on the sex offenders list after a case in 2008.
Ian Hume was given a sentence of 18 months. He was also put on the Sex Offender Register until October 2018.
Following the investigation by Durham police, McGinty went before a judge due to several charges relating to sex offences.
The trials continue
He was on trial in March this year and the judges found him guilty of rape of a child under 13, causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and sexual activity with a child.
McGinty went to Leeds Crown Court on Friday where he was jailed for 23 years. Finally, he was also served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and must sign the Sex Offender Register – both for an unlimited time.
Speaking afterwards, Detective Constable Kerry Wiles said: “I would like to thank the victim who, throughout this investigation, showed absolute strength and courage in bringing this offender to justice, and helped to prevent him from continuing to commit these types of offences.
“McGinty put his victim through a horrendous ordeal for nearly 10 years and preyed upon her vulnerability.
“The scale of the offending was significant and sustained and the prison sentence he has received should serve as a clear warning to others of the serious penalties they will face if they commit crimes of this nature.
“Across the force, we have specialist teams of officers who work tirelessly to investigate crimes against children and I would encourage anyone who has any information about sexual offending against children to contact police.”
How a lie detector test could have helped
In conclusion, Police are now looking to implement more polygraph testing at their arrest and interrogation stages. Adding a lie detector test into these stages ensures that police have an extra indicator when making a decision on whether a suspect is guilty or not. The added scientific test means police have more evidence and facts to take into their final opinion and charges. A lie detector test in this case could have helped prevent the fraud, or would have bought justice for the victim involved.
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