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Man gets six years for 'depraved' attack on girls

A "DEPRAVED" man targeted by vigilantes after he sexually assaulted two little girls due to make their First Communion has been jailed for six years.

Aidan Anthony Leacy (55) – Known as Tony – showed pornographic magazines to the two seven-year-olds before repeatedly exposing himself to them while playing "special" games in the basement of his home.

Judge Patrick Moran, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court, jailed Leacy after hearing he had to move back to his native Wexford after his house in Kerry was twice the target of arson attacks by suspected vigilantes.

Judge Moran described Leacy's offences as "very depraved" and "deeply unpleasant".

"I consider your behaviour, while the indecent assault was not of the most serious type, the circumstances were of a very depraved nature," he said. "This was a very serious breach of trust."

Gardai confirmed that two arson attacks had taken place on Leacy's property, but said there was absolutely no involvement by the families or friends of the two victims.

Leacy pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the two girls in his basement on dates between January 1, 2007 and February 28, 2008.

The address where the offences occurred and certain details of the case cannot be published to protect the identity of the two children.

Leacy, known as Tony, admitted the offences, which occurred days before the girls were due to make their First Holy Communion. They came to light when one of the girls saw her mother changing a baby's nappy.

The girl, indicating a gentle tap on the bottom, told her mother: "That is what Tony does to us."

Judge Moran was told the incidents had a serious impact on both girls, who had to be comforted by their parents when it was explained that what had happened was wrong.

Leacy will be included on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely.

Irish Independent