Underage-sex probe garda suspended
GARDAI have launched criminal and disciplinary inquiries into allegations that a member of the force had an inappropriate sexual relationship with an underage boy.
The garda is from the Cork area and is expected to be interviewed soon about the allegations. The garda was suspended from duty last Friday.
The boy at the centre of the allegations is 16 years old.
A garda superintendent from outside the area has been appointed to head the investigation.
Gardai became aware of the alleged relationship two weeks ago when a complaint was made, and a decision to suspend the man was taken.
The complaint was lodged by a member of the boy's family after suspicions were raised about his relationship with the garda. It was claimed that this relationship had been going on for several months.
Gardai are expected to complete their interviews with the boy and the complainant before formally putting the allegations to the suspended garda.
A file is then likely to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Garda authorities will consider separately whether disciplinary proceedings should be initiated against the officer.