A SCOTTISH youth has admitted sexually assaulting the two-year-old daughter of a Kerry family that had taken him in.
Garry Clyde (19), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault against the toddler in a laneway and in the bedroom of a house in the mid-Kerry area between December 9, 2011 and January 9, 2012.
Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard Clyde had met the family of his victim while they were on holiday in the UK.
The family agreed to allow Mr Clyde return to Ireland with them and in late 2011 he moved into the family home where he remained as a guest for a short time.
In January 2012, while her mother was bathing her, the victim made a compliant about Clyde touching her private parts.
The family immediately brought the child, who was aged two years and 11 months at the time, for medical examination and removed Clyde from the house.
The medical examination uncovered evidence of injuries to the child consistent with a sexual assault.
Gardai subsequently arrested Clyde who initially denied any wrongdoing though later admitted sexually assaulting the child on two occasions.
In a victim impact statement delivered to the court the girl's mother said the family had been "deeply affected" by Clyde's actions. "She still talks about it and she still complains of pain. I think she still gets flashbacks to it," she said.
"After all we had done for him he turned around and did this to our daughter."
Defence barrister Anthony Sammon said his client came from a "very unfortunate and disturbed family background".
Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing until April.