RTE confirmed last night it is to launch an investigation into how a convicted paedophile appeared as an extra in the popular 'Fair City' soap.
The man, who is on the sex offenders register and cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared several times in an episode of the soap last week.
It is understood that the man was a lifelong friend of the boy's family. In December 2004, he sexually abused the then 14-year-old after plying him with drink on a weekend away with the boy's family in Cork.
The victim managed to escape and reported the incident at a local garda station.
His assailant, who lives opposite a creche on Dublin's northside with his elderly mother, was fined €1,000 and given an eight-month suspended prison sentence at Cork District Court in May last year.
The judge agreed not to disclose the man's identity, but the boy's family feel betrayed by his 'Fair City' appearance.
"At the moment, we cannot make any comment," an RTE spokesperson said yesterday. "It has just come to our attention and we will be attending to it as a matter of urgency."
The spokesperson said that the child abuser came to 'Fair City' through a casting agency, Backstage Casting, which has 2,000 extras on its books.