Monday 19 February 2018

Former sergeant sentenced to three years for assault on pregnant student

Traian Balc has been placed on the sex offenders' register
Traian Balc has been placed on the sex offenders' register

Sonya McLean

A former sergeant in the Romanian army has been sentenced to three years in prison with the last 18 months suspended for sexually assaulting a pregnant student.

Traian Balc, (40) of Cabra Park, Cabra, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of sexually assaulting the 21-year-old woman on June 3, 2010. He has been placed on the sex offenders' register.

Judge Desmond Hogan said it was a serious offence with “quite a deal of aggression” and that the student had no way of getting away.

He ordered Balc to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for four years, and to undergo the supervision of the probation services for 12 months after his release.

Balc was also instructed to undergo an alcohol treatment programme and a sex offenders programme suitable for him.       

Garda Kevin Moran told Fiona Murphy BL, prosecuting, that Balc had indecently assaulted the victim and that she repeatedly tried to escape throughout the ordeal.

When Balc had left the building where the sexual assault took place, the victim called the gardaí.

Gda Moran said Balc was arrested but made no admissions during subsequent garda interviews. He later pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial.

Gda Moran said the victim was three months pregnant at the time.

Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, said his client was ashamed of what he had done and said it was fuelled by heavy drinking following a row with his wife.

He said he served time in the Romania army and left there having risen to a sergeant rank.

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