We have a long-awaited update on our series about creationist voyeurs, which begat our hypothesis that there may be some heretofore unsuspected disorder which we call Creationism-Voyeurism Syndrome (CVS). It all began with David McConaghie. His was the first case we learned about — see Creationist Suspected of Bathroom Voyeurism. For that reason, CVS can also be called the McConaghie syndrome.
Our last post about the McConaghie case was the McConaghie Update for October of last year. The only news then was a statement from the Belfast police that “the probe continues.” For those who may not remember the details, the next paragraph provides background information, which most of you can skip:
McConaghie is a creationist who had been a high-ranking party official of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (the DUP). He was arrested in connection with the discovery of a toilet camera found in the loo of DUP member David Simpson’s constituency office. Simpson says that McConaghie no longer works for him or the party. McConaghie was also a media officer for the Caleb Foundation, a prominent creationist lobbying organization; but he’s been removed from that position too.
The police have been conducting an extremely prolonged probe, but the results can now be told. In the News Letter of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, we spotted this headline: Police charge former aide to DUP MP with voyeurism.
Think about it — a once prominent, highly-placed, politically active creationist has been officially charged with being a bathroom pervert! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A former aide to a DUP MP has been charged with voyeurism. David McConaghie, who was a key assistant to Upper Bann MP David Simpson, was arrested by police in 2012 and released on police bail. Detectives have been investigating him since then.
Truly, dear reader, this is one of the great moments in creationist history. Let’s read on:
Now, almost two years later, the PSNI [Police Service of Northern Ireland] has charged Mr McConaghie, who was also an ordained minister and a member of the Independent Orange Order.
We had forgotten that McConaghie was a preacher. This case keeps getting better! The story continues:
In a brief statement, the PSNI said: “Detectives in Craigavon have charged a 49-year-old-man with voyeurism to appear before Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 24 September.
We can imagine the proceedings on that fateful date: “Rev, you have been charged with being a bathroom voyeur. How do you plead?”
Here’s one more excerpt:
When contacted by the News Letter, Mr McConaghie’s solicitor, Neil Logan, said: “We will not be making any comment at this stage”.
The drama is just beginning, dear reader. We know you’re anxious for the story to unfold, and your Curmudgeon will be here, peeking through the keyhole, as it were, providing you with the information you seek. Who knows — the case may be resolved in time for Kitzmas. Stay tuned to this blog!
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