Wednesday 21 February 2018

Garda probed for two sex assaults, including one on young girl

'An investigation was carried out by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) into the alleged rape of the woman' (stock photo)
'An investigation was carried out by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) into the alleged rape of the woman' (stock photo)

Ralph Riegel and Cathal McMahon

The Gardai are embroiled in a new scandal, involving two alleged sex assaults by a serving member of the force, including one against a young girl.

The Sunday Independent has learned that the garda at the centre of those sensational allegations is now preparing to take a civil action against the Gardai, the State and a number of named officers.

Those claims relate to his alleged treatment while he was investigated for the alleged rape of a single mother of adult children.

An investigation was launched after the woman, who is in her 40s, claimed the garda raped her in a car in August 2013.

An investigation was carried out by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) into the alleged rape of the woman.

A file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), but no prosecution was sanctioned.

However, in the course of that investigation, the woman claimed that during the rape the garda spoke about sexual fantasies involving children.

Now the same officer is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl. That investigation is ongoing.

The woman is now demanding her case be re-opened and a fresh file submitted to the DPP in light of recent revelations. She says her name has been dragged through the mud.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has acknowledged that the information the woman gave to gardai about child welfare issues was not passed on to HSE child and family services.

Spokespersons for An Garda Siochana and GSOC said they had no comment.

Sunday Independent

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