Friday 22 November 2019

Man jailed for making son's friend perform sex act

Sonya McLean

A MAN who made a young boy and his own son perform sex acts to a pornographic movie has being jailed for 18 months,

The 39-year-old Dubliner pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of child exploitation by inducing a child to watch a pornographic movie and by inviting a child to perform a sex act in his home on February 28, 2002.

The charges relate to his son's nine-year-old friend but not to his son. He was registered a sex offender when he pleaded guilty.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring suspended the last 18 months of a three-year sentence on condition that the man co-operate with the Probation Services.

He must also avoid drug and alcohol misuse, engage with a Probation Services programme called Safer Lives, and have no contact with the victim for five years.

The court heard that the boy reported the incident to his parents as soon as he came home from visiting the man's house. Days later the man came voluntarily to a garda station and made full admissions.

He told gardai he cried after the incident. He said that he had wanted to have sex with the boys or touch them and that he was a danger to children.

Gda Katie Flood told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that the victim had been visiting his friend. When he came home he said to his mother "Oh Mam, I have something to tell you, will you not give out to me?"

He then told her what had happened by using hand gestures. He said his friend was doing it too.

The child later told gardai that the man came into the bedroom where the boys had been playing PlayStation, sat down and started masturbating. He then asked his own son to put on a pornographic movie before he chose one himself.

The victim later told gardai that the man started instructing him to masturbate.

Gda Flood agreed with Aileen Donnelly SC, defending, that the man had presented at the garda station before the gardai had interviewed the child.

Ms Donnelly said her client apologises unreservedly. She said her client has found it hard to come to terms with what he has done and that he has been suicidal since this incident. Risk assessment reports handed in to the court put the man at a moderate risk of reoffending.

Irish Independent

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