Homeless man admits sex attack on boy, 14

A convicted sex offender will be sentenced next week for molesting a 14-year-old boy in a Kerry town over two years ago.

John Prendiville, aged 49, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the child, who had been in a residential care at the time, on May 12, 2012.

The court heard that Prendiville’s 33 previous convictions include five for sexual assault and four for failing to notify gardaí under the Sex Offender’s Act.

He had just been released from Castlerea Prison, having served a six-year term for sex assault, when he took the teenager to his B&B and performed oral sex on him.

Mr Justice Paul Carney remanded him in custody until Monday for sentencing.

A local detective garda told Fiona Murphy, prosecuting, that the child had been out past curfew and was reported missing from the care centre at 11.45pm.

The teenager was found 30 minutes later slumped against a door at the centre. He was drunk and said he had been sexually assaulted. It was reported to the gardaí and Prendiville was arrested the following day.

He told gardaí he had got the bus into the town that day, having been released from prison, and had gone drinking. He met the teenager outside a pub and later bought him vodka while he drank pints of beer.

Prendiville then brought the teenager back to his B&B where he kissed him and performed oral sex on him.

He said during interview “I am very sorry over this, didn’t know he was 15, very very sorry”.

Prendiville later said he knew the victim was underage and referred to him as “a kid” and “a young fella”.

A victim impact report from the teenager stated that he felt very bad about it and finds it hard to trust people.

A report from his social worker stated he was a vulnerable child who has since been moved to a new care centre for his own safety.

Prendiville accepted that his convictions for breaching the requirements of the Sex Offender’s Register arose because he was unable to give gardaí a permanent address.

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