Elderly sex offender caught in ladies changing rooms at UL

A 69-year-old man banned under the Sex Offenders Act from entering school buildings was caught in the ladies changing rooms of the University of Limerick’s Sports Arena.

Elderly sex offender caught in ladies changing rooms at UL

Anthony Goodman, Charlemont Terrace, Wellington Road, Cork, was charged last month by Detective Sergeant Vincent O’Sullivan, that on Wednesday, June 11, just before 1pm, he entered Scoil Mhuire secondary school, Wellington Road, Cork. The charge alleged that this was in contravention of a Sex Offenders order made in respect of him on June 29, 2012, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Goodman was under strict bail conditions on that June 11 charge.

However, Garda Conor Cronin testified yesterday at Cork District Court that Goodman was at University of Limerick sports arena last week in contravention of his bail.

It was alleged, according to Garda Cronin that “he entered the ladies changing rooms and conducted an indecent act.”

Inspector Bill Duane applied to have Goodman remanded in custody for breach of his bail conditions.

They require him to live at his home address, consume no intoxicants and stay away from the vicinity of all schools national and secondary.

Under the fourth condition, he is only allowed to travel on the number 208 bus in Cork city and notify gardaí two hours in advance if he is intending to use any other public transport.

Garda Cronin said that by his own admission Goodman used his travel pass to get a bus from Cork to Limerick and another bus from the city to the university campus. He had signs of having consumed alcohol too and no notice was given to gardaí of the bus trips, according to Garda Cronin.

When the Cork case in relation to the school first came before the court, there was no prosecution objection to the accused being remanded on bail. However, there was an objection to further bail in light of the alleged breach.

Judge Leo Malone remanded him in custody to appear in court again tomorrow.

Defence solicitor, Eddie Burke, said the defendant was finding the travel restrictions very difficult.

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