Sunday 20 May 2018

Wheelchair man assaulted teen who helped him

James Callaghan lied about sexual assault, judge ruled
James Callaghan lied about sexual assault, judge ruled

Andrew Phelan

A disabled man sexually assaulted and exposed himself to a frightened schoolgirl on a Dublin bus after she helped him on with his wheelchair in an act of kindness.

James Callaghan (54) told the girl (18) she was "gorgeous" before trying to pull her towards him while his penis was out.

The victim, who had sat next to him at his request because she did not want to be rude, said she felt "violated" after the assault.

Callaghan, a former champion kick-boxer who was left with catastrophic injuries after a road crash, had denied sexually assaulting the girl, claiming he was exposed because he needed to urinate due to his medical condition.

Finding him guilty, Judge David McHugh said he believed Callaghan was lying and his touching had been "sexual in nature and nothing else".

The judge adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report. Callaghan, of Decies Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the girl on a bus in west Dublin on February 1, 2016.

Irish Independent

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