Friday 18 August 2017

Brother of late soccer star abused male pupils

Evidence heard that after abusing some of the boys Treacy brought them as a treat to meet his brother, who had no knowledge of the abuse

Former Christian Brother James Seamus Treacy
Former Christian Brother James Seamus Treacy

David Raleigh

A former Christian Brother who sexually abused his pupils while in class has been found guilty of indecent assault.

James Treacy (75), with an address at Ashford Close, Swords, Dublin, showed no emotion as a jury at Limerick Circuit Court found him guilty of 15 counts of abusing three boys.

The court heard harrowing evidence from the victims, who were all aged 10 and in fifth class at the time.

Evidence was also heard that after abusing some of the boys Treacy brought them as a treat to meet his brother, the late Republic of Ireland soccer star Ray Treacy, who had no knowledge of the abuse, at a celebrity sports event.

To protect the identities of the victims, the court ordered restrictions on identifying the school where the abuse occurred. Treacy had denied all of the charges which related to offences which occurred in the late 1970s.

The court heard evidence from Treacy's victims, who all said he would abuse them in front of one another.

His modus operandi, the court heard, was to place his hands down the front of the boys' trousers and fondle their private parts.

One victim told the court: "It was a military-style class. What I mean by that is that we had to be neat and clean. Our hair had to be cut and we had to clean our ears, and if you're ears weren't clean, he would actually lick your ears."

He said the accused became a friend of his family and would visit his home and go with them on family day trips.

Another victim told the court how Treacy reached inside his clothes and fondled him while whispering into his ear. "It was horrific," the man said.

A third victim broke down several times as he described Treacy abusing him in "full view of the class".

Treacy was convicted last month of two further counts of indecent assault on a boy at a school in the 1970s.

Treacy was remanded on continuing bail for sentencing on all matters on June 30.

Irish Independent

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