Man charged with sex exploitation

A 56-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged with the sexual exploitation of a teenage boy at a location in Co Cork.

Dahesh Patel of Dillon’s Court, Dillon’s Cross, Cork, appeared at Cork District Court on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor on June 21, 2015.

Detective Garda Fergal Long objected to bail because of the seriousness of the alleged offence and because he said Mr Patel — a UK national — was a flight risk.

Defence solicitor, Denis Linehan, said the accused had been living in Ireland for 19 years and had extensive property interests with his partner, owning 15 apartments in Cork, and would not be a flight risk.

After a brief adjournment, Inspector John Deasy said the state would agree to the accused being remanded on bail for one month on conditions which were agreed by the defence, including a €5,000 independent surety, the surrendering of his UK passport, signing three times a week at Mayfield Garda Station, having no contact with any witness, and not leaving Ireland until the case is finalised.

Insp Deasy said a book of evidence was being prepared as the DPP had directed trial by indictment.


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