Thursday 19 September 2019

Sports journalist Tom Humphries to be sentenced today after admitting sexual exploitation of child

Tom Humphries. Photo: Collins Courts
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The sentencing of sports journalist Tom Humphries for the sexual exploitation and defilement of a child is due to take place today.

The former 'Irish Times' journalist had pleaded guilty last March to six sexual offences against a girl under the age of 17.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of defilement of a child in Dublin between December 5, 2010, and February 19, 2011, and of four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act between January 2010 and March 2011.

The sexual acts occurred at an apartment in Dublin.

Humphries (54), of Corr Castle, Sutton, Dublin, appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July but his sentencing was adjourned until October 3.

No evidence has been heard yet regarding the offences. These details are expected to be disclosed at the sentencing hearing.

Hugh Hartnett  SC, acting for Humphries, previously requested that his client be excused from further case management dates for health reasons but the application was refused.

He was arrested in relation to child sex allegations in September 2012, but he wasn't named until 2017, almost five years later.

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