Sunday 18 August 2019

Trainee plumber (26) who lured 15-year-old victim to his home for sex by using fake online profile to be sentenced in January

Conor O'Keefe pretended to be a 13-year-old girl on social media site
Conor O'Keefe pretended to be a 13-year-old girl on social media site Newsdesk Newsdesk

A man who had sex with a 15-year-old girl he met after chatting with her online using a fake social media profile will be sentenced early next year.

Conor O'Keefe (26) set up a profile as a teenage girl called “Julie” on the website and started chatting with the 15 year old victim.

He later claimed he was Julie's older brother “Adam” and persuaded the girl to get a taxi to his house in the early hours of the morning where they had sex.

O'Keefe of Oakdale Close, Ballycullen pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sex with a child in July 2011.

He was found guilty of a further count of sexual exploitation of a child by a jury last month following a three day trial.

The court heard today O'Keefe's partner had given birth to their first child yesterday.

O'Keefe, an apprentice plumber, has no previous convictions and is now on the sex offenders register.

He was 22-year-old at the time of the offences.

Defence counsel, Damien Colgan SC, handed in a probation report and a psychological report. He asked the court to consider non-custodial options.

Judge Sarah Berkeley adjourned sentencing until January 12 next to allow her consider the case.

O'Keefe faces a maximum possible sentence of 14 years imprisonment on these charges.

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