Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dublin trainee plumber pretended to be 13-year-old girl called 'Julie' to lure teen victim to his home for sex

Conor O'Keefe pretended to be a 13-year-old girl on social media site
Conor O'Keefe pretended to be a 13-year-old girl on social media site Newsdesk Newsdesk

This is the trainee Dublin plumber who used social media to lure a 16-year-old girl to his home for sex.

Conor O’Keefe (26) pretended to be a 13-year-old girl called “Julie” so he could gain the trust of his victim.

The pair conversed on social media site where O’Keefe created a fake world in which to encourage the unsuspecting teen to meet him.

He later claimed he was Julie’s older brother “Adam” and persuaded her to get a taxi in the early hours of the morning to his house where they had sex.

Gda Lisa Duffy told the court that was a site where users created personal profiles and chatted to each other.

O’Keefe admitted he had set up a fake account so he could view the under 18 age group on the social media site.

His victim who was then aged 15 saw his profile as “Julie” and contacted him to chat.

“Julie” told the girl she had a 22-year-old brother called Adam and asked if she would be interested in meeting him.

The girl told “Julie” that she was only 15.

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He later sent her a photo of himself as “Adam”.

Early one morning O’Keefe asked the girl to get a taxi to his house.

She said that when she arrived he began “bugging” her about performing oral sex on him. He told her she’d have to agree to do something. The girl agreed to have sex with him.

When she arrived home, her mother could tell something was wrong.

The girl later told her what had happened and gardai were alerted.

O’Keefe of Oakdale Close, Ballycullen, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sex with a child in June 2011 and not guilty to sexual exploitation.

He was found guilty yesterday by a jury following a three-day trial.

Following conviction, the defence asked that he be allowed to remain on bail so he could sit his exams as part of his plumber’s apprenticeship.

Judge Sarah Berkeley agreed to grant him bail for a short time to get his affairs in order.

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