Man admitted sex attack to church
A 41-year-old Co Clare man has publicly confessed to the congregation of his local Christian church to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old surfer in Lahinch, Co Clare, in 2013.
At Ennis District Court yesterday, representatives from the man's small church pleaded with Judge Patrick Durcan to show leniency to the man they describe as an "excellent Christian and an asset and blessing to the Church".
In the case, the man pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the youth on a date between September and December 2013 at an apartment in Lahinch.
Inspector Tom Kennedy said that the youth was staying in the man's apartment with a friend and found himself sharing a bed with the man.
Insp Kennedy said the boy was awoken to find the accused had his hand on his penis and was holding it. He said the youth jumped out of bed and informed gardaí of the assault.
Judge Durcan said the matter could be resolved without criminalising the man and said that the matter could be struck out if the man pays €1,000 to the Court Discretionary Fund by July.