Wednesday 21 March 2018

Man approached boy (12) at Luas stop, lured him to hotel and offered money to touch him, court hears

Rory Tevlin

A man approached a boy aged 12 at a Luas stop and asked him for directions to a hotel before bringing him to his room and offering €50 to the boy to touch him, a court heard.

The man (51), who is married with three children, was released on bail with conditions. His bail conditions were adjusted to enable him to go on a family holiday next month.

The man, who lives in Co Kilkenny but cannot be identified for legal reasons, is charged with sexually exploiting the boy at a hotel room in west Dublin on October 20, 2016, contrary to Section 3 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1998. He appeared before Judge David McHugh at Blanchardstown District Court yesterday in custody.

Detective Garda Kate Flood told the judge she arrested the man at his home address that morning and brought him to Clondalkin Garda Station where he was charged.

Det Gda Flood told Judge McHugh she was objecting to bail owing to the seriousness of the alleged offence and the possibility he might re-offend.

She said it would be alleged the boy was approached at a west Dublin Luas stop by the man who asked him for directions to a nearby hotel. Det Gda Flood added that the court would hear that the man offered to show the boy his hotel room and they went together to the room.

She said it would be further alleged when they got to the room the man offered €50 to the 12-year-old if he touched him. She said the boy left the room and contacted gardaí.

Det Gda Flood said later that night the man spoke to three gardaí and said the boy had wanted to see the room because he heard someone famous had stayed there.

She said she believed that if released on bail the man might commit further offences and added he was currently on bail for harassing a 10-year-old boy.

Judge McHugh released the man on bail and remanded him to a date in September for service of his book of evidence.

Irish Independent

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