Ex-councillor sentenced for sex assault
A FORMER county councillor has been given a two-year suspended sentence for the sexual assault of a teenage catering worker in a hotel bedroom.
The offence occurred during a major vocational education conference at which the councillor was a delegate.
Anthony Vesey (52), of Kilconny, Belturbet, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty last November at the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee to the charge of sexual assault of a male under the age of 17 at the Malton Hotel, Killarney, on September 26, 2007.
Mr Vesey is no longer a councillor, the court was told yesterday. The sentencing hearing heard he had been forced to close his shop, had suffered severe financial consequences and a loss of standing in the community.
Det Garda Mike Dalton of Killarney garda station told the court how the injured party, who did not have perfect English, had been working for a catering agency brought in to the Malton to serve drinks during the Irish Vocational Education Committee (VEC) conference. While serving whiskey to the accused they had struck up a conversation .
At around 10.30pm as the injured party was returning from his break, he met Vesey near the lift area. The young man, who was just two weeks short of his 17th birthday, accompanied Vesey to the councillor's upper floor bedroom, being under the impression the accused needed his help.
However, in the bedroom the accused loosened the buttons on his shirt and took off his tie. He started to kiss the teenager on the neck and also to squeeze his buttocks.
He also opened the teen's trousers. The teenager asked him to stop and he did. When he got to the lower floor -- 17 minutes after entering the lift with Vesey -- the teenager reported the matter.
Judge Carroll Moran said the seriousness of the offence merited a prison sentence, and he imposed two years, suspended for two years. Vesey has also has been placed on the sex offenders register for five years.