A FORMER garda who offered prostitutes up to €10,000 to find children for sex is now living yardsfrom a girls’ school.
Kieran O'Halloran (51) – who had asked for “three or four children in a hotel room” – was released from jail last week.
The depraved sex offender (inset) is now living just yards from Loreto College in Foxrock, Dublin. A
window of the house overlooks the hockey pitch of the school.
Speaking to the Herald from his home last night, the father-of-one said he “deeply regrets” his crimes.
O’Halloran pleaded guilty in 2009 to inciting women “to organise or knowingly facilitate the use of a child for the purpose of sexual exploitation”.
He told one of the prostitutes that he liked to watch girls as they left school and that he had downloaded child pornography from the internet.
Residents in the leafy Foxrock estate contacted the Herald after learning of O’Halloran’s release.
He is now living in a spacious two-bedroom property with another male.
O’Halloran said that he is now seeking “support” so that he does not reoffend.
“I still feel the fear and I am still conscious that people are very upset and troubled by my past behaviour,” he said.
“I regret very much everything that I've done in the past. I want to try and get my life back together again, I've done my time.”
Asked by the Herald whether he believed he was at risk of reoffending, O’Halloran said it is not his “intention” to do so.
“I have a very firm intention that I will get on with my life and that I will move past this,” he said.
“And I would appreciate it – maybe perhaps I don't deserve it or that there are many who might view that I don't deserve it – but I would appreciate if I could get whatever support I can in that regard.”
A court heard in 2009 that O'Halloran offered two prostitutes up to €10,000 to get children for him for sexual purposes.
He asked one prostitute to organise “three or four children in a hotel room” so he could have sex with them.
He wanted children as young as five for sex and requested a picture of a naked newborn boy.
Girls must be no older than 11, he said, because he wanted an “innocent face”.
Disturbed by his requests for sex with young children, the prostitutes alerted gardai.
O'Halloran was jailed for six years with 15 months suspended for crimes he committed in October 2005 and April 2006. The sentence was increased by the State to six years in 2010 and O'Halloran was subject to a 20-year post-release supervision scheme.
He is in regular contact with Dublin gardai.
O’Halloran was downbeat and emotional when asked by the Herald if he regrets his crimes. He said he found prison “extremely difficult” and that he completed a rehabilitation course known as the ‘Building Better Lives' programme.
“I have dealt with those issues in the programme,” he said.
Seperately, it’s been revealed that Patrick McCabe (78) is living in an estate filled with young children in Bearna, Co Galway.
A parish priest has claimed that he was warned that he could be prosecuted if he revealed the news locally.
McCabe has been living under the identity PJ Mackey after being released from prison for abusing seven boys in the 70s and 80s.
He was previously jailed for three years in 2003 for an almost identical offence.