Pensioner jailed for sexually abusing boy

Thomas Mooney: Worked as a rent boy in the 1950s.

An elderly Dublin man who abused a boy 30 years ago has been jailed for two years after a court heard the victim was abused by a total of six paedophiles as a child.

Thomas Mooney, aged 73, was introduced to the victim through another man he met at a city centre amusement arcade. This man would take the child to a flat, abuse him, and pay him IR£10 each time.

The court heard, in the 1950s, Mooney had been a rent boy who had sold himself for money and this was his first sexual experience.

Mooney, of Belvedere Place, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to eight counts of indecently assaulting the boy, when he was aged between 11 and 13 years old, from October 1983 to June 1985.

Last month, a jury of five women and seven men took under two hours to unanimously convict Mooney after a five-day trial.

Judge Catherine Murphy imposed concurrent four year sentences and suspended the last two years. She said she was taking into consideration Mooney’s age, the absence of other convictions, and the fact that he himself was abused. She said the case is an exceptionally sad one and the impact on the victim could not be overstated. A victim impact report read by the judge was not read out.

The victim was forced to masturbate and perform oral sex on Mooney up to twice a month for a couple of years. He would get IR£5 for each incident before going to a different flat to be assaulted by another man.

Mooney admitted to gardaí in a voluntary statement that he had engaged in sex acts with the victim.

He told them he had been a “rent boy” in the 1950s when he was stuck for money, but was never forced to have sex with the men who picked him up. A psychological report said Mooney will struggle in prison because of his age, health, and intellectual disability.


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