Paedophile told boy: I’ll stop the abuse if your young brother takes your place

A paedophile told a schoolboy that if he wanted the sexual abuse to stop, his younger brother would have to take his place.

Ennis Circuit Court yesterday heard details of the chilling ultimatum Thomas Waters, aged 68, of Moore St, Kilrush, Co Clare, gave to the boy who was aged between 9 and 11 when the abuse took place on a weekly basis between Jan 1979 and May 31, 1981.

Judge Carroll Moran yesterday jailed the former judo coach for two years. Waters had pleaded guilty to 10 counts of indecent assault of the boy.

Yesterday was the fifth time the former scout leader has been before the courts in relation to his abuse. He is currently serving a four-year jail term for the abuse of three former members of the Ennis judo club.

In 2006, Waters kept himself out of jail when he paid in court two other victims a total of €60,000.

He was first convicted of indecent assault at Ennis District Court in 1982 and given the Probation Act.

Stephen Coughlan, prosecuting, yesterday said that the boy had asked Waters to stop the abuse “and Waters said that he would stop the abuse if the boy put forward his younger brother to be the next victim”.

In evidence, Sergeant Catriona Houlihan said: “That is correct. Thomas Waters’s response was that the boy’s younger brother would have to take his place. The boy was absolutely horrified and he was so horrified and so naive at that point, he actually nominated other boys in the judo club in an effort to get Waters away from him and his brother.”

Sgt Houlihan said that the victim — who was coached by Waters in judo — made a complaint concerning Waters in Nov 2011.

In a victim impact statement, the man declared: “I was sexually assaulted by Thomas Waters from the age of 9 to 11-and-a-half years of age… I did not understand that what he was doing to me in those times was so wrong that when I was asked by my parents if he was sexually abusing me, I adamantly said no.

“I today have deep feelings of guilt and shame that I did not tell the truth and I strongly believe today that if I did that other children may not have been abused.”

The man said any apology from Waters to him today “would be a gross insult”.

Mark Nicholas, defending, said that the offences outlined are despicable, horrible and depraved.

Judge Moran said the two-year sentence is to be consecutive to the jail term Waters is currently serving, due to end in Feb 2014.

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