Former basketball coach jailed for over 14 years for indecent assault on teens

Former basketball coach jailed for over 14 years for indecent assault on teens

A former basketball coach who abused 10 teenage boys has been jailed for 14 years and two months.

65-year-old Bill Kenneally, formerly of Summerville Avenue, Waterford city, admitted to the crimes on dates between 1984 and 1987.

Judge Eugene O'Kelly warned that Bill Kenneally had systematically groomed and then exploited 10 teenage boys for his own sexual gratification.

The Garda investigation into indecent assaults by Kenneally was triggered by a young man who lodged a formal complaint after being inspired by the UK victims of Jimmy Savile.

45-year-old Jason Clancy contacted gardaí in 2012 to make a formal complaint about Bill Kenneally, after he had read about the Savile victims and realised that what was done to him as a teen in the 1980s was wrong.

Nine other victims then came forward.

The judge noted that Kenneally's activities bore all the hallmarks of the systematic behaviour of predatory paedophiles in that the abuse suffered by each teen was very similar in nature.

However, he directed that each of the sentences be served consecutively to a total sentence of 14 years and two months.


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