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Friday 20 April 2018

'There are other Horans out there' - victim's dad

Paedophile Matthew Horan, from Clondalkin, Dublin, outside court last week
Paedophile Matthew Horan, from Clondalkin, Dublin, outside court last week

Statement from the father of a victim of paedophile Matthew Horan.

As a parent of one of the children Matthew Horan preyed upon, I agree with the caller on Friday who doesn't believe paedophiles can be rehabilitated. He was caught twice more after the first time he was arrested and in my opinion his behaviour was escalating.

As for the autism spectrum defence, I don't accept it as he was very clever and calculating in how he got his victims to do what he wanted them to do. This is a very manipulative person who knew exactly how to get these children to do what he wanted.

One of the callers came across to me as having more sympathy for him than his victims. I say if this ever happens to anyone you know, I wonder would you have the same opinion.

I am sure her intentions are in the right place, and many more may agree, but for me sitting here today the enormity of what has happened has only just hit home as I had no intention of speaking out.

My daughter heard you speak on the show and through tears asked me to turn the radio off. I only heard the programme from about 2.20pm or so and was not with it when leaving the radio on in the first place.

To those people who are targeting the home of Matthew Horan's father, I urge you to stop this immediately, as you are not doing any good - certainly not in our name, as this man has not been found guilty of any crime, and must be going through enough turmoil in his brain, as I am today.

I would also like to point out that when I contacted Instagram to let it know what this person was doing, it never replied.

I read in the Irish Independent that the company was doing all it could to help stop this sort of thing.

So a huge question needs to be asked as to why the company did not reply to me, or at least get in touch with gardaí to report this. Is there not a law that states you are obliged to?

I've read many times about these things happening to children and now it has happened to our child.

The anger I felt towards what I thought was a 13-year-old boy turned to guilt that I didn't do enough to protect my daughter from a grown man, even though I checked what she was doing online regularly.

To the guards who spoke to me over the last two years, I want to say thank you for all you have done, as to catch people like Matthew Horan all this material has to be looked at.

This is an incredible thing to have to do and go home to a normal life. Respect to all of you for your dedication.

Finally, I would like to say how proud we are of our daughter who spoke intimately with specialist guards in the hope that this would help stop him doing it to anybody else, which for the next few years at least it will.

Sadly, there are other Matthew Horans out there and more needs to be done with social media to stop them.

Statement courtesy of RTÉ Radio One's 'Liveline'

Irish Independent

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