Sunday 19 November 2017

Gardai investigated convicted paedophile over alleged attack on child at stadium - Bohemians confirm

Colin Goggin was investigated over an alleged attack on a child at Dalymount Park in 1998
Colin Goggin was investigated over an alleged attack on a child at Dalymount Park in 1998 Newsdesk Newsdesk

Bohemians have confirmed in a club statement that convicted paedophile Colin Goggin was investigated over an incident with a child at Dalymount Park in 1998.

The club made the revelation after former Bohs boss Roddy Collins, in an interview with the Irish Daily Star, claimed he walked in on then Bohemians FC worker Colin Goggin massaging a young boy at the club.

Collins claimed he contacted authorities about the events which took place in the 1990s. Goggin (53), with a former address at Beech Park Road in Foxrock, Dublin, was later convicted for sexually assaulting two boys.

In a statement released last night, the League of Ireland club claimed that Collins never brought any of his concerns to the club at the time, but they did confirm that Goggin was relieved of his position at the club  over an incident with a minor at Dalymount Park 18 years ago.

Bohs have launched an internal investigation into the latest claims.

The statement read: "Bohemian FC has launched an internal investigation following allegations made in a newspaper report today.

"The newspaper alleges that a former club volunteer was involved in an inappropriate incident with a minor 18 years ago.

"The report’s allegations, made by the club’s then first-team manager, Roddy Collins, were first communicated to us by a journalist at the newspaper on Sunday evening.

"We immediately began investigating these allegations so far as this is possible given the lapse of time.

"We have already spoken at length today and yesterday to individuals involved at board level, the youth set-up and other areas of the club at the time of the alleged incident.

"We will continue to consult with parties involved and appeal to any individual who has concerns, or who may have more information, to come forward to speak to us and/or Mountjoy Garda Station.

"But contrary to Mr Collins’ assertions, club officials involved in 1998 insist he never communicated any allegations of such nature to them, nor did Mr Collins bring these allegations to the attention of An Garda Síochána.

"However, the accused individual was indeed investigated by officers at Mountjoy Garda Station over an incident with a minor, who was not a member of the Bohemian FC youth set-up or affiliated to the club, which is alleged to have taken place in Dalymount Park in 1998 and was quickly reported to the Gardaí by the child’s father.

"The safety of children is of utmost importance to Bohemian FC. As such, when notified of this investigation, the accused was immediately removed from his position and had no further affiliation with the club.

"We have made contact with An Garda Síochána today to seek their assistance in establishing the exact nature and conclusion of that investigation.

"Furthermore, when separate allegations against the individual not involving the club were made almost a decade later, for which this individual was later found guilty of, Bohemian FC board members and youth set-up volunteers alike assisted An Garda Síochána with their inquiries.

"Bohemian FC will be making no further comment on this issue at this time."

It is unclear whether the club has spoken to Mr Collins since he made the claims.

Goggin was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant in 2012 in Spain after one of his victims came forward five years earlier.

He was jailed for three years in January, 2015 for sexually abusing two teenage boys and for being in possession of large quantities of child pornography.

Over 2,000 images of child pornography were discovered at his home after his victim came forward in 2007.

He pleaded guilty to indecently or sexually assaulting two teenagers at his home between 1987 and 1994.

Sergeant Colm O'Giollan told the court that Goggin had met both his victims through athletics.

The revelations came as a series of sex abuse scandals rocked British football.

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