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Thursday 21 August 2014

Gardai investigate as girl (14) says man offered her money to make porn film

Elaine Keogh

Published 23/07/2013 | 07:42

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A MAN has been quizzed by gardai after allegedly trying to lure a teenage girl to his home to make a pornographic film.

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The 14-year-old told investigators that she was offered money to go to the man's house.

It is alleged that the schoolgirl was walking near the cinema in Drogheda on a Sunday afternoon earlier this month.

A source explained: “He made extremely inappropriate suggestions to her.

“She was stopped by the man with a wad of cash and asked if she would like to earn this and make a ‘dirty’ movie.”

The man is described by gardai as being in his late 50s with grey hair.

“This is being taken very seriously. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions,” the source added.

Gardai are also investigating a separate incident during which it is alleged that a suspicious approach was made to a nine-year-old girl.

The girl's mother appealed to parents to never take their eyes off their children saying: “We were seconds away from our worst nightmare.”

Gardai in Drogheda confirmed that they are viewing this case very seriously.

The girl's mother spoke to the Herald on condition that she would remain anonymous.

 “I believe that the Stay Safe programme which she did in national school saved her. I am convinced of it,” said her mum yesterday from their home in county Louth.

The little girl was walking by the entrance gates to the estate when a red car stopped and the driver invited her to get in and said he would take her on a trip to Bettystown beach.

There was another man in the car with him.

The popular beach is about a 15 minute drive from her home.

“She didn't answer him, she just screamed and ran home,” her mum told the Herald.

“I am convinced she reacted that way because she did the Stay Safe programme in school and it stood to her. I am convinced it saved her.

“You never expect this to happen on your own doorstep. We were just seconds away from our worst nightmare.”

She said that the good weather has resulted in more children playing outdoors and everyone tends to “let our guard down.”

“I believe this was an opportunistic approach by these men,” she said.

“I don't think they were stalking her. They got a fright when she screamed and they drove off at speed.”

A garda spokesman confirmed they are investigating.

Gardai spoke to the family and carried out door-to-door enquiries.

The estate is on the main road through Tullyallen village and all CCTV footage is being examined to identify the car and trace its whereabouts.

The spokesman said both men in the car appeared to be in their forties and one of them was bald.

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