My close encounters with a predatory paedophile
Child rapist Kevin Carroll could have been stopped years earlier, writes Nicky Larkin, who knew him and his reputation
His reign of terror lasted over two decades. The dogs on the street knew he was a paedophile - just never convicted. That finally changed last Friday, when he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for two counts of raping a seven-year-old.
Kevin Carroll, from my hometown of Birr, operated as a choirmaster and drama teacher from the early 1990s right up until his conviction. In 1993, he established the Camcor Singers - the choir he named after the river that flows through Birr - who won multiple Community Games All-Ireland titles. His national success afforded him the protection of a loyal cabal of incredibly naive Birr parents, who worshipped the ground he walked on.
I had a lot of dealings with Kevin Carroll, in various capacities. As a child and teenager, I competed every year throughout the mid and late 1990s, swimming for Offaly in the Community Games All-Ireland Finals in Mosney.