Wednesday 18 September 2019

US naval officer held after 'sex attack' in Dublin hotel

The man is being held at Store Street Garda station. Picture: Google Maps
The man is being held at Store Street Garda station. Picture: Google Maps

Cathal McMahon

A US naval officer has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female officer in a Dublin hotel.

The officer, who is in his 30s, was on a day-off while his ship, the USS Donald Cook, was docked in port at Cobh, Co Cork. It is believed that he and a number of fellow officers, including the alleged victim, were staying at a hotel on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

Gardaí confirmed they were called to the premises in the early hours of Wednesday and a man was arrested. He was being detained under section four of the Criminal Justice Act at Store Street garda station.

A spokesman for the US Embassy in Dublin confirmed they were aware of the alleged sexual assault incident.

"The alleged assault occurred in a hotel in Dublin while the USS Donald Cook was in port at Cobh, Ireland, for a scheduled port visit," it said in a statement.

"The incident is currently under investigation, and the US navy is co-operating fully with local law enforcement, An Garda Síochána.

"USS Donald Cook, just as the rest of the US navy, is committed to preventing and responding to sexual assault; eliminating it from our ranks through focused education, comprehensive response, compassionate advocacy, and just adjudication in order to promote professionalism, respect and trust, while preserving navy mission readiness.

"The US navy would like to express deep respect and gratitude to the people of Ireland for the personal friendship that they have extended to visiting US servicemen and women."

Irish Independent

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