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The student who exposed himself to teen girls three times in a day

A BUSINESS student who exposed himself to teenage girls on north Dublin streets three times in one day has appeared in court on indecency charges.

Andrew Farrell (29) performed indecent acts on himself in front of girls. A judge has ordered a probation report after hearing that he had not yet gone for therapy.

Judge Ann Watkin remarked that his behaviour had been "highly dangerous".

Dublin District Court heard the offences had been related to a cocaine problem which he had now overcome.

Farrell, with an address at Grove Court, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, was charged with three counts of indecency by exposing himself and masturbating in Finglas.

The case was before the court for the production of a medical report. Judge Watkin remarked that the report recommended group psychotherapy and the accused had not done that yet.

"He has engaged in behaviour which is highly dangerous for the victims and can escalate to very serious crime," he said.

Farrell had been under the "mistaken apprehension" that the issue of therapy fwas or the court to decide, his barrister said. He said the defendant had not undergone treatment but had taken "numerous positive steps". The court heard Farrell was a business management student at the National College of Ireland. The defendant said he had been to a psychiatrist at Blanchardstown Hospital.

Judge Watkin asked him if he knew what he had done to the girls. "I'm so ashamed," he said.

The case was adjourned to June 29.

aphelan@herald.ie


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