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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Two years' jail for man who had sex with schoolgirl (13) he groomed online

Sonya McLean

A MAN who had sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on a social network site after he claimed to be 19 has been jailed for two years.

Graham Doyle (25) befriended the teenager through the Bebo website and had sex with her a number of times at his family home. He later admitted to gardai that he knew the girl was 13, but said she had consented to sex.

The victim arrived at her local garda station in a distressed state with her mother and told officers she was in a panic at the time and didn't know what to do.

Doyle, of Ronan's Way, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of defilement of a child at his home on April 29, 2011.

He took the girl up to his bedroom and kissed her before they had sex. He then went into the bathroom and the victim took the opportunity to get dressed. Doyle came back into the room and apologised to her and they listened to music together. He repeated his apology before he got a condom and had sex with the girl again.

Doyle stopped when he noticed the teenager was uncomfortable and offered her vodka, which she refused. He then took her downstairs to the family sitting room.

When his father walked in, Doyle told him he was giving the girl guitar lessons.

He later took her back to their original meeting place, a supermarket, bought her six bottles of alcopops and left her to be picked up by her mother.

The details of the case were heard last October when Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned sentencing to determine what kind of treatment would be available for Doyle on his release from prison.

The case was adjourned a second time after a report from the Probation Service indicated that they needed a further eight weeks to assess Doyle.

Yesterday, Judge Ring noted that a probation report concluded that Doyle was at low risk of re-offending, had insight into his crime and was willing to engage with any recommended treatment.

She sentenced Doyle to three-and-a-half years, backdated the sentence to the date of his plea in July 2012, and suspended the final 18 months.

Judge Ring said it was "a nasty offence" that was deliberate and well thought through.

Roisin Lacey, prosecuting, said at an earlier hearing that the victim, now 15, had accepted €5,000 offered in compensation by Doyle.

Paul Greene, defending, said his client was genuinely remorseful for what happened and had attended counselling.

Irish Independent

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