Belfast Telegraph

TV sports producer accused of sending lewd message to '13-year-old girl'

A television sports producer allegedly messaged that he "felt horny" to someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl, a court has heard.

Kieran Creaven, 55, is accused of attempting to meet a child following grooming for a sexual purpose and of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, namely kissing and cuddling.

Creaven, who works for the Irish broadcaster RTE, allegedly flew from Ireland to Leeds to meet up at The Queens Hotel with the "girl", who was in fact a fake online identity created by a group of so-called paedophile hunters.

The offences were said to have taken place from July 1 - when the defendant allegedly first contacted the "girl" online - to November 18 when he arrived at the hotel in the city.

On Monday, prosecutor Jill Seddon told Leeds Magistrates Court that Creaven said in one message that he "felt horny" and that he also sent a photograph of an erect penis.

No indication to pleas was given as Creaven, of Dublin, was bailed to next appear at Leeds Crown Court on December 18.

His bail conditions are that he resides at an address in Ireland given to the court, has no unsupervised contact with any child aged under 16 and, if requested by police, supplies any device that is internet-enabled.

Appearing in the dock, married Creaven spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

The chairman of the bench, Rosemary Heslop, ruled that the address of the defendant should not be published for the safety of the defendant, following an application from Creaven's solicitor, Mr Pritchard, who refused to give his full name to reporters.

The Crown had partly opposed bail on the grounds that Creaven should be remanded in custody for his own protection.

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