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Shamed Nulty accused of sending 'many more messages' to women

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 SCANDAL: TD Patrick Nulty. Photo: Tom Burke

SCANDAL: TD Patrick Nulty. Photo: Tom Burke

SCANDAL: TD Patrick Nulty. Photo: Tom Burke

DISGRACED Independent TD Patrick Nulty is accused of sending "many, more messages" to other women including friends of the schoolgirl he contacted on Facebook, asking: "Have you ever been spanked?"

Mr Nulty (31) sensationally resigned his seat on Saturday over the disturbing revelations that he had sent lewd messages to a number of women and the 17-year-old schoolgirl.

However, the teenage girl at the centre of the scandal has not yet made a complaint to gardai and today a senior source explained that there was "no indication" that she would.

The source explained: "For a criminal investigation to begin, the girl needs to make a complaint to gardai but this has not happened yet."

The source also told the Herald that it was "uncertain" if Nulty's indecent Facebook messages constituted a criminal offence.

The mother of the 17-year-old recipient of his shocking messages last night told the Herald that the family had "nothing to say" on the controversy.

Earlier, the girl's father had said that his wife and daughter visited a local garda station yesterday afternoon.

The mother made a formal statement to gardai, but it is understood that her daughter was reluctant to make a complaint or statement.

Mr Nulty did not respond to attempts to contact him and there was no answer at his home in Blanchardstown this morning.

He is understood to be receiving therapy and has been dealing with alcohol and other personal issues. His shock resignation will result in a by-election being held in Dublin West.

Mr Nulty's father Paddy broke down in tears yesterday and said his son was not a "bad" person.

"Look, he didn't murder anybody. He is not a bad lad. We just want to get through this and support him," he said. "We will talk but we can't at the moment. It is very hard at the minute, please understand that."

The former Labour TD, who left the party in a row over austerity budgets, admitted to sending the 17-year-old girl an inappropriate message on Facebook after he was confronted by the Sunday World newspaper on Saturday.

Later that evening he announced his resignation as a TD and apologised "wholeheartedly" to the girl he had targeted and to her family.

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"It was never my intention to upset anyone in this way, but it was totally wrong," he said.

It is understood that the schoolgirl's mother first met Nulty 18 months previously when she went to him for advice on financial difficulties.

The girl's mother also received an inappropriate message from Nulty on January 31 which was sent from his office in the Dail.

The woman contacted the deputy and demanded to know what he meant by the insulting message.

He claimed that his computer had been hacked and pleaded with her not to contact the gardai.

Another woman also allegedly received a message from the former TD asking her to send knickers to him in the post while a third has claimed that he asked her to wear a skirt when she visited his clinic.

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