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Sex pest assaulted boy after Bebo chat

A MARRIED man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy after meeting him through a Bebo chatroom has been jailed for 18 months.

Unemployed Colm Twomey (39) was sentenced to three years, with 18 months suspended, by Judge Sean O Donnabhain, who described the crime as highly predatory.

The teenager was on Bebo when he met Twomey online.

The defendant, who was 35 at the time and has no children, then came to the teen's house and sexually assaulted him.

The victim resorted to drink, drugs and self-harm after the attack, the court was informed.



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Detective Garda Gary Duggan said the boy was at home using the internet when contact was made with Twomey.

"There was conversation between the two parties online. The injured party gave him his phone number. He [Twomey] was then able to contact the injured party by phone," the garda said.

The victim later gave his address to Twomey who drove to his house and was allowed in.

"He made the man a cup of coffee. Afterwards, Colm Twomey stood up and said, 'where do you want to do this?'," the court heard.

The teenager felt intimidated and the two went up the stairs.

Twomey rubbed the boy's bottom as they made their way upstairs and they went into a rear bedroom where the defended "lowered his pants and underwear".

Garda Duggan said: "The injured party did likewise. Both proceeded to masturbate each other."

The boy, who cannot be named, made a complaint to the gardai about the incident on June 18, 2007.

After initial denials, Twomey, of Pouladuff Road, Togher, Cork, and Waltham Abbey, Ballincollig, Co Cork, admitted going to the house but said nothing happened there.

He had been found guilty by a jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court earlier this month.

Defence barrister Brian Healy said the defendant believed, before he got to the house, that the injured party was 18.

Twomey's name is to be placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.

Twomey had a previous conviction for attempted sexual assault on a woman nine years ago. Working as a hotel porter, he used a master key to get into woman's bedroom but fled when she woke.

He received a suspended sentence for that attempted assault.

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