Monday 20 January 2020

Bus driver confessed to abuse of girl (5) as he babysat her

Ennis court house (File Picture)
Ennis court house (File Picture)

Gordon Deegan

A guilt-ridden paedophile went to a Dublin garda station to confess he had sexually abused a four-year-old girl in Co Clare almost a decade earlier, a court has heard.

Former bus driver Ciaran Colgan (56), of Glenna Heorna, Springfield, Tallaght, told gardai at Crumlin Garda Station in 2010 that he had abused the girl on three different occasions between 2001 and 2003 in west Clare.

At Ennis Circuit Court, Gda Ruth O'Sullivan said Colgan identified the child by name and said he sexually assaulted her.

"He indicated to colleagues that he didn't wish to make a statement but, if a complaint was ever made, that he would admit to everything," she said.

Colgan walked free as there was no complaint against him at that time. Four years later, in 2014, he offended again when he posed as a 16-year-old boy on Facebook and sent sexually explicit messages to a 12-year-old girl.

Gda O'Sullivan said that, in March, Colgan received a four-year jail term at Cavan Circuit Court, with the final two-and-a-half years suspended, for the sexual exploitation of a child in relation to the messages.

In the case before Ennis Circuit Court, Colgan has pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault on a four-year-old girl.

The case came to court after the victim made formal complaints last year. When interviewed, Colgan confessed and told gardai: "I am very sorry."

Colgan abused the girl on three occasions when baby-sitting her.

In her victim impact statement, the complainant said she came forward and put "myself in this complicated and sensitive process mainly to ensure the protection of other children but also as closure for myself so that I continue to heal and better myself".

"I was such a young girl in a vulnerable situation and I was used for pleasure by an adult I was expected to respect," she said.

"At the age of five, I didn't have the words to describe how I was feeling, but now I do.

"I remember feeling disgusted and ashamed of myself for what happened, which I see is a massive burden to carry."

In the years after the abuse "I bottled up all my emotions and it took a toll on my mental health and I suffered low self-esteem and I went through a period of self-harming".

Judge Gerard Keys remanded Colgan in custody for sentencing next Tuesday.


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