Ex-DUP mayor Thomas Hogg denies trying to get schoolboy to engage in sex act

A former DUP mayor accused of sending sexual messages to a schoolboy “strongly” denies any wrongdoing, a court heard today.

Monday, 28th October 2019, 2:00 pm
Thomas Hogg

Thomas Hogg, 31, also disputes allegations that he tried to incite the youth to take part in a sexual act.

Hogg, of Brae Hill Park in Belfast, was reportedly arrested last month at a music festival in Valley Park, Newtownabbey.

He appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court to face charges of sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause or incite a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

Dressed in a dark suit and overcoat, Hogg looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as the alleged offences were read out.

A police officer confirmed he could connect him to the charges.

Defence barrister Mark Farrell put no questions to the officer during the brief hearing.

But he told the court: “The charges are strongly denied by the defendant.”

No further details about the alleged circumstances were disclosed.

With the prosecution confirming that a full file is still awaited, District Judge Fiona Bagnall adjourned proceedings to December 9.

She excused Hogg from attending court on that date.

The defendant is a former mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

He resigned from the DUP and stood down as a councillor after being charged with the offences.