Galway businessman acquitted of sex-abuse charges

A prominent Galway businessman has been acquitted by a jury on all charges of the sexual abuse of a school boy more than 30 years ago.

Paul O’Grady (aged 63) of Dublin Road, Tuam, a former teacher, publican, auctioneer and peace commissioner, had pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of indecent assault on dates between 1974 and 1976.

Judge Frank O’Donnell had earlier withdrawn six charges from the jury and told them that they are to find O’Grady not guilty on these offences “as directed by the judge”.

The jury of six women and six men took almost three hours to reach the verdict on the remaining charges on day four of the trial before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court,

Judge O’Donnell thanked the jury for the obvious care and attention they had given in the trial before he discharged Mr O’Grady from the indictment, telling him he was “free to go”.

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