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10 Aug 2022

Allegedly asked youth for sex

Allegedly asked youth for sex

Portlaoise courthouse

A 56-year-old Stradbally man who allegedly propositioned a youth for sex, having previously allegedly offered him alcohol and cannabis, required medical attention following an altercation with the youth and a number of the youth’s friends.

At last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Liam Byrne, 56, of 1 Church Avenue, Stradbally, was charged with the sexual exploitation of a child, between June 29, 2017, and July 15, 2017.

Detective Garda Brian Kennedy gave evidence that it was alleged that the accused had befriended the injured party, who was 17 at the time, and offered him alcohol and cannabis.

They exchanged numbers and a number of calls were made, with the accused allegedly propositioning the injured party to meet up for sex.

An agreement was allegedly made for them to meet up, but the injured party travelled to the agreed location with a number of his friends and an altercation ensued, which resulted in the accused having to seek medical attention.

After hearing the outline of the alleged facts, Judge Catherine Staines accepted jurisdiction in the case.

The matter was adjourned to April 4 next, for a plea to be entered, or a hearing date to be fixed. The accused was granted bail, with conditions that he sign on weekly at the garda station; he reside at his listed address and give the gardaí 48 hours’ notice of any change of address; he provide a telephone number to the gardaí; and he not approach three named individuals.

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