Sunday 19 November 2017

Teacher in court on pupil assault charge

Gordon Deegan

A school teacher appeared in court yesterday charged with committing 14 sexual offences against a teenage girl.

The charges state that 13 of the alleged offences occurred at a Co Clare school over an eight-week period between September and November of last year.

The 60-year-old man -- who cannot be named for legal reasons -- is facing 10 counts of the sexual exploitation and four of the defilement of the girl who was aged 15 in relation to 11 of the 14 charges.

The man is facing seven counts of sexually exploiting the girl, then aged 15, at the school on dates between Tuesday, September 15 and Tuesday, October 20 last year, contrary to Section 3 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.

The girl turned 16 during the period of the alleged offences and the man is facing an additional three counts of sexually exploiting the girl, then aged 16, on November 6 and twice on November 12 last year at the school.

The man is also charged with engaging in a sexual act contrary to section 3 (1) of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 at the school on October 23 and November 3, 2009.

The man is facing the same charge at another location in Co Clare on October 24. The accused -- who spoke only to confirm his identity -- is also charged with engaging in another sex act with a child under the age of 17 years.

In Ennis District Court yesterday, Det Sgt Michael Moloney gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and said he arrested the accused at his home.

He said the man made 'no reply' in response to each of the 14 charges.

The case was adjourned to July 28 at the same court for the serving of a book of evidence. The accused was remanded on conditional bail.

Irish Independent

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