Police have revealed how they were left ‘haunted’ by the decision to leave a 13-year-old boy alone in a flat with a convicted paedophile so they could maintain the integrity of an undercover sting.
Greater Manchester Police were told to sit and watch as the boy was taken into Dominic Noonan’s home in 2011. Mr Noonan was under police surveillance at the time and police noted that despite the abnormal heat he closed the blinds and windows of his flat after the young boy entered.
Mr Noonan was a gangland leader who supposedly used rape and sexual abuse to punish young boys who didn’t follow his orders.
Police watched for nearly 2 hrs after gangster + paedophile Dominic Noonan took a 13yo boy into his home, closed the windows and drew the curtains pic.twitter.com/NhdhN2axtY— Fiona Hamilton (@Fhamiltontimes) June 25, 2018
This was known at the time and when the police on surveillance alerted their superiors they were told to do nothing except send local uniformed officers to the flat. However, police later decided to not even send uniformed officers as they were concerned it may impact their undercover operation.
When contacted by the Metro, the IOPC released the following statement:
“On 21st February 2014 a referral was made to the IOPC (formerly IPCC) in relation to allegations that during a covert operation into child sex abuse the officers failed to make adequate plans to protect a vulnerable child.
“The IPCC commenced an independent investigation and on 29th April 2016 the IPCC reported back to GMP. The IPCC findings were that there was no evidence of gross misconduct for any officers but commented that two officers, a DCI and a DI, had displayed behaviour which could amount to misconduct.
Dominic Noonan who changed his name to Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy jailed for 11 years for multiple sexual offences against young boys. https://t.co/w06adKuekn— Mark Williams-Thomas (@mwilliamsthomas) May 3, 2018
“Following consideration of the IPCC report, GMP held a formal a misconduct meeting in March 2017.
“The meeting concluded that there was no case to answer for misconduct and recommended both officers’ actions should be dealt with as a performance matter with appropriate action plans put in place.”
However, while the issue was treated as an internal “performance matter” the police involved have spoken about how it left them ‘haunted’ with guilt. And press outlets have started to raise questions about how police undercover operations maintain integrity and accountability when examples like this demonstrate a tendency to prioritise police operations over public safety.
No details have been released regarding the boy’s identity, or what happened to him during his time in the flat.