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Irishman held in US on child sex charges

AN Irishman is being held in a US prison charged with eight counts of raping a child.

James Brosnan (43) who is originally from the Ballyvelly, Tralee, Co Kerry was arrested at his Massachusetts home in February. He denies the charges.

Brosnan (left) was refused bail and is currently being held in Middleton Jail in Massachusetts until a hearing, which is scheduled for March 26.

The charges follow a two-and-a-half year investigation.

The investigation began in June 2009 when a woman called the police and told them her daughter was involved in an inappropriate sexual relationship with Brosnan.

It is understood Brosnan was a neighbour of the girl at the time of the alleged offences.