Wednesday 23 May 2018

Former RTÉ producer who tried to groom girl (13) to be sentenced today

RTE producer Kieran Creaven arriving at Leeds Crown Court to face charges relating to the alleged grooming of a minor and inciting an underage girl to engage in sexual activity (Photo: Mark Condren)
RTE producer Kieran Creaven arriving at Leeds Crown Court to face charges relating to the alleged grooming of a minor and inciting an underage girl to engage in sexual activity (Photo: Mark Condren)
Former RTE producer Kieran Creaven appears at Leeds Crown Court
Former RTE producer Kieran Creaven appears at Leeds Crown Court
Former RTE producer Kieran Creaven appears at Leeds Crown Court
Former RTE producer Kieran Creaven appears at Leeds Crown Court
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Former RTE producer Kieran Creaven is due to be sentenced today after he admitted to grooming a 13-year-old girl and attempting to engage a child in sexual activity.

The sexual predator had been employed by the national broadcaster since 1998 and worked on several high-profile events, including its coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.

He has since been fired by RTE.

The sports producer will appear before Leeds Crown Court today.

Former RTE producer Kieran Creaven appears at Leeds Crown Court
Former RTE producer Kieran Creaven appears at Leeds Crown Court

The grooming took place over a four-month period in 2017 in which he sent vile messages to a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

However, the 'child' was a member of a vigilante group.

Former RTE producer Kieran Creaven appears at Leeds Crown Court
Former RTE producer Kieran Creaven appears at Leeds Crown Court

He was arrested after being confronted by Predator Exposure, a self-styled paedophile hunter group, in a sting operation.

Judge Peter Collier previously told the court Creaven would receive "credit for his guilty plea".

The producer was remanded on continuing bail on the conditions he resides at an address given to the court, has no unsupervised contact with children under 16, and he makes any devices with internet capabilities available to British police if requested.

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