Sunday 23 October 2016

'I feel dirty and ashamed, pain and disgust' - Man groomed teen (14) on Facebook before sexually exploiting her

Published 21/06/2015 | 20:01


A man in his 40s with no previous convictions who groomed a 14 year-old girl on social media has been jailed for four years.

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Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard that Brian O'Keeffe of Newtown, Ballyclough, Mallow had directed the young girl to websites of a sexual nature in order to give her details on how to perform oral sex.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain heard that Mr O'Keeffe had groomed the girl via Facebook and texts in a bid to convince her it was a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.

Sergeant Eileen Kelly had previously told the court that the 14 year-old girl had viewed Mr O'Keeffe in a paternal way before the relationship dynamic began to change.

Pearse Sreenan BL defending said Mr O'Keeffe had pleaded guilty which avoided the need for a trial.

The court heard Mr O'Keeffe (40) had set up a meeting with the girl in his car, where he performed oral sex on her and him on her.

He admitted that between August 1, 2013 and September 20, 2013, he had met with the girl, having previously met or communicated with her on two or more occasions and he did so for the purpose of sexual exploitation of the child.

The second charge was of engaging in a sexual act with the girl under the age of 15 during the same timescale.

Judge O'Donnabhain sentenced Mr O'Keeffe to six years in prison but suspended the last two years.

He said he had groomed a child for a prolonged period of time and this involved the defilement and sexual exploitation of a minor.

The judge said the actions of Mr O'Keeffe involved him in engaging the girl with inappropriate adult sites.

"It is at the more grievous end of the scale. You completed the deed by getting her out of the house and into the woods where sexual acts took place. It was well thought out and brought to a completion," he said.

The victim told the court, the accused had taken everything from her. "I keep going over it. I feel dirty and ashamed, pain and disgust. I cry when I should be happy. You have affected my whole life in a way you could not imagine," she said.


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