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Garda accused of raping woman he arrested investigated by Gsoc

No charges were brought.

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Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A GARDA WAS investigated by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) after a woman he arrested alleged she was later raped by him, new details published by the Ombudsman show.

A file was sent to the director of public prosecutions following a criminal investigation by Gsoc, but no charges were brought.

The garda was involved in the prosecution of both the woman and a witness. The Sunday Independent reports they were arrested by him on charges of prostitution.

In a statement to Gsoc, the garda said that “the sexual intercourse had occurred subsequent to the arrest, but that it was consensual”.

It is unclear whether he was on- or off-duty at the time.

The report from Gsoc added:

[The woman involved in the investigation] felt compelled to have sexual intercourse with the garda concerned because he was a member of An Garda Síochána involved in a prosecution which led to her conviction for an offence and she feared further prosecution.

The garda was later sanctioned by Garda authorities after a “breach of discipline” was found.

Read: Over 5,000 allegations and one garda dismissed: A look at GSOC’s ‘most turbulent year’ >

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