Belfast Telegraph

Man charged with sex abuse offences

A man has been charged with 50 counts of sexual abuse including an alleged attack on a girl at Croke Park, a court has been told.

The 50-year-old, who can not be named for legal reasons, was arrested and taken to Ballymun Garda station in north Dublin this morning.

Before Dublin District Court, he was formally charged with 40 counts of sexually exploiting a female child including inviting, inducing or coercing her to engage in the production of pornography between December 2008 and March 2011.

The alleged offences are contrary to section three of the Child Trafficking Act.

Among another 10 counts, the man was also charged with the sexual assault of a female at Croke Park on June 2007 and at a hotel car park at Dublin Airport on March 2007.

A further charge of sexual assault against the same woman was alleged to have occurred at Letterkenny, in Co Donegal, in April 2007.

The alleged acts are contrary to section two of the Criminal Law (Rape) Act.

A further count was put to the accused of engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 17 in December 2010 in north Dublin, contrary to section three of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006.

Garda Jarlath Burke said when the defendant was charged at 9.02am this morning, he made no reply.

Judge Cormac Dunne granted bail on a number of conditions.

The defendant was ordered to hand over a personal bond of 500 euro, an independent surety of 2,000 euro and has to sign on at Ballymun Garda station every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

He also has to surrender his passport.

There was no objection to bail and the court was told the accused will make an application for legal aid at a subsequent hearing.

The defendant was ordered to appear again before the court on April 29.

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