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Teen is suspect as gardai probe 'sex assault' on girl (15) at Irish college


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Gardai are continuing their investigations into the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl at an Irish college in the west of the country.

The incident happened in the Inverin area of Co Galway.

It has been alleged that the 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a male student.

The assault is said to have taken place in the grounds of the college.

Gardai said no arrests have been made, but their investigations are continuing.

The assault was reported to gardai in Galway on the day of the alleged offence.

An investigation by specialist officers was launched immediately.

The girl was taken to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) in Galway where she received treatment.

The SATUs - of which there are six across the country - provide specialist treatment for people aged 14 or older who have been subjected to rape or other sexual assault.

A garda spokeswoman told the Herald that local officers were investigating the "alleged sexual assault of a juve- nile female", which is said to have taken place on Saturday, July 21.

The investigation has been described as "particularly sensitive" due to the age of those involved.


It has been reported that the suspect in the case is a 17-year-oldboy.

It is understood he was a student at the Irish college where the alleged sexual assault took place.

Gardai will prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), who will decide whether to put forward charges in relation to the incident.

There are several Irish colleges in the Inverin Gaeltacht area and nearby Spideal. They are popular with students from Dublin and the rest of the country.

The Irish college in question has remained open following the complaint of the alleged sexual assault.

Typically, students are enrolled in three-week courses at the Gaeltacht colleges.

They must observe strict rules in relation to speaking Irish-only.

Visits from family members are usually allowed on weekends at most Irish language schools.