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Dublin journalist accused of child sex offence at Croke Park

The 50-year-old former journalist was charged at the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.

Updated: 21:56

A DUBLIN MAN was charged in court earlier today in connection with a garda investigation into the alleged sexual assault of two teenage girls.

The 50-year-old, who cannot be identified, faces a range of sexual offences, including defilement.

He appeared in the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning to hear the formal charges after being arrested by Detective Jarlath Burke from Ballymun Garda Station.

He made no reply when charged today.

Seven of the charges relate to alleged sexual acts with a child under the age of 17 on dates in 2011.

Three charges of sexual assault against the same female in 2007 were also detailed, including alleged sexual assaults at a Dublin airport hotel carpark, Croke Park and a location in Letterkenny.

The remaining forty charges relate to child exploitation. It is alleged that on a date unknown between 1 December 2008 and 21 March 2011, the accused sexually exploited a child by inviting, inducing or coercing her to engage in the production of child pornography.

Another charge alleges that in March 2011, the accused invited, induced or coerced a child to engage or participate in a sexual indecent or obscene act.

Bail Requirements

The accused is held on his own bond of €500 and an independent surety of €2000 presented by his brother-in-law.

He is required to surrender his passport and sign in at Ballymum garda station every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

He was remanded to appear before the Central Criminal Court on 29 April for the presentation of the book of evidence.

An application for legal aid will be made at the next hearing.

First published 12:19.

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