Man pleads guilty to sexual assault on young relative

A west Dublin father who sexually assaulted a young relative while her parents were out has had his sentence adjourned to next December by Judge Frank O'Donnell at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A west Dublin father who sexually assaulted a young relative while her parents were out has had his sentence adjourned to next December by Judge Frank O'Donnell at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The 30-year-old father of one, who can not be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault on the girl in the Finglas area on dates between February and August 2005.

Judge Frank O'Donnell was told that the man was attending a sex offenders' course at the Granada Institute. He was not resident any more in the Finglas area and would not be in contact with the victim.

Garda Yvonne Finnegan told prosecuting counsel, Mr Michael Bowman BL, that she became aware of the complaint in September 2005 after the girl confided in a friend who told her parents what was happening.

The girl told gardaí that the man would pull her trousers down and use his hand to make sexual contact with her vagina which made her "sore and uncomfortable".

Gda Finnegan said the man also exposed himself to her and on another occasion kissed her chest and sucked her tongue.

Gda Finnegan agreed the girl was not in fear of him at the time of the offences because she had known him from a young age. He had no previous convictions.

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