Girls sexually assaulted by GAA figure

Limerick Circuit Court

Limerick Circuit Court

  • by David Hurley

A WELL-known GAA figure has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexually assaulting two teenage girls over a number of years in the mid 1990s.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to six sample charges when he was arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court this week.

The 58-year-old admitted sexually assaulting one of the girls on three occasions on dates between August 1991 and August 1993.

He admitted sexually assaulting the second girl on three occasions on dates between 1995 and 1997.

The defendant had been charged with more than 30 offences but Judge Carroll Moran was told his guilty pleas were acceptable to the State and that the remainder of the charges will be withdrawn.

The offences, the court heard, took place in the bedroom of a house in County Limerick and in a motor vehicle, which the defendant owned.

Both girls were aged just 13 when the first of the offences happened.

Following his guilty pleas, Judge Carroll Moran ordered that the man’s name be added to the Register of Sexual Offenders.

The judge indicated he may review the reporting restrictions, which are currently in place, after he hears details of the offences during a sentencing hearing in May.

Michael Collins BL, prosecuting, said victim impact statements will be available to the court on the next date.

The defendant, who was released on bail, was ordered to sign on at his local garda station once a week.


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