Teen sex offender can't be treated in Ireland: Judge

A teenage boy who has committed a series of sexual offences has been jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a 14 year-old girl.

A teenage boy who has committed a series of sexual offences has been jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a 14 year-old girl.

Eoin Dowling (aged 18), Glenmore Park, Ballyboden was convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury in January of sexually assaulting the girl on November 29 and December 13, 2003 in south Dublin.

Judge Con Murphy, who earlier placed Dowling on the sex offender’s register, said the teenager had "obvious deep psychological health problems which had not been dealt with". He said the help and funding which were required were not available in Ireland.

Garda Declan Nyham told Ms Melaine Greally BL, prosecuting, that the victim was walking along a pathway when Dowling grabbed and pulled her into bushes. During a 20-minute ordeal in which she begged him to stop he told her "you’re like all the other sluts. You deserve this".

Dowling groped the girl’s breasts and digitally penetrated her before she was able to escape.

Judge Murphy heard that on a second occasion the girl was walking along a laneway when Dowling pinned her against a wall and used his free hand to repeat his earlier attack.

Garda Nyham said that Dowling had seven previous convictions for exposing himself to schoolgirls and will be sentenced later this week for a sexual assault on a woman in Rathfarnham in late 2002.

Mr Mark de Blacam SC, defending, that Dowling’s mother had asked her GP and the Health Board for help for her son as far back as 2002. A psychologist's report in June 2003 said the boy clearly required specialist help and should be placed on a treatment programme.

Mr de Blacam said his client was treated by the Southside Inter Agency Treatment Team but they were "unable to meet his particular and acute needs". The Probation and Welfare Service found a treatment programme for Dowling in England but funding was refused by the Health Board.

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