Friday 28 October 2016

Ex-church aide faces 75 charges of sex abuse

Tom Tuite

Published 27/05/2015 | 02:30

Accused: Patrick O’Brien
Accused: Patrick O’Brien

A former lay worker with the Church of Ireland will stand trial accused of sexual abuse of 10 boys between 1977 and 1990.

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Patrick O'Brien (76) is facing 75 counts of indecent assault at numerous locations throughout the State, including St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

Mr O'Brien, with an address at Knocklyon Road, Templeogue, in Dublin, was arrested yesterday.

He was taken to Terenure Garda Station by detectives attached to the Child Protection and Human Exploitation Bureau.

He was charged and then brought to appear before Judge Cormac Dunne at Dublin District Court.

Detective Garda Anthony Maloney told Judge Dunne that Mr O'Brien replied "no comment" when the charges were put to him.

Mr O'Brien was remanded on bail after the brief court hearing.

No plea was entered, and he was ordered to appear at Dublin District Court on July 28, when it is expected he will be served with a book of evidence.

Det Gda Maloney agreed that there was no objection to bail.


But he asked for conditions to be imposed that Mr O'Brien must reside at his current address, surrender his passport and not apply for duplicate travel documents.

Other conditions requested included that Mr O'Brien would sign on once a week at his local garda station.

Judge Dunne agreed to set these terms of bail.

The judge remanded the defendant, who did not address the court, on bail on his own bond of €500.

Irish Independent

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