‘Most Wanted’ paedophile worked with Irish children

ONE of Britain’s ‘most wanted’ paedophiles DJ-ed at a school disco in Ireland attended by girls aged as young as five years while he was on the run, a BBC documentary to be shown today will claim.

Britain’s Most Wanted Paedophiles will also allege that despite gardaí telling their British counterparts that Alexander Dalgleish was living in Ireland, the British police did not get an extradition warrant and he was not arrested until 48 days later.

Dalgleish, an entertainment manager at a north Wales caravan site, was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years in 2002 after serving a nine-month prison sentence for unlawful sex and indecent assault on two 13-year-old girls at the Greenacres holiday site in Porthmadoc.

Jailing him, the judge told him: “You represent the nightmare that all parents of teenage girls fear when they are out and about.”

Upon his release he went missing and was able to travel to Ireland where he found work with children.

Lancashire Constabulary posted his details on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s Most Wanted website when it was set up last November. Within a month of that, public sightings and intelligence gathered by the centre and Lancashire Constabulary had led the police to Ireland.

Once located, Dalgleish took advice to return to Britain where he was arrested by Lancashire officers in Scarborough. He was charged with failing to comply with his notification requirements and theft. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison in May.

Irishman Joshua Karney was also placed on the Most Wanted website when it was set up. However, unlike Dalgleish he is still missing.

Karney, who speaks with a broad Dublin accent, was jailed for 15 months in 2002 after admitting indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy camping in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. The judge said his crime came close to attempted rape.

He was given an extended licence period of two years, disqualified from working with children and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. Classified as “very high risk”, Karney broke the conditions of his licence after his release and has since been at large.

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