Church worker accused of sexually abusing 10 boys

Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien

A FORMER lay worker with the Church of Ireland has been sent forward for trial accused of sexual abuse of 10 boys between 1977 and 1990.

Patrick O'Brien (76) is facing 75 counts of indecent assault at numerous locations throughout the State including St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

He was served with a book when he appeared before Judge Alan Mitchell at Dublin District Court today.

The DPP had directed trial on indictment.

No plea was entered and Judge Mitchell ordered the return for trial to the next term of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The defendant, who remains on bail, will face his next hearing on October 9th next.

He must notify the prosecution if he intends to use an alibi in his defence.

Mr O'Brien, with an address at Knocklyon Road, Templeogue, in Dublin, was arrested in May at Terenure Garda station by detectives attached to the Child Protection and Human Exploitation Bureau.

During his first hearing, Det Garda Anthony Maloney had told the district court on May 25th that Mr O'Brien replied “no comment” when the charges were put to him.

There was no objection to bail but conditions were imposed stating Mr O'Brien must reside at his current address, surrender his passport and not apply for duplicate travel documents, and that he would sign-on once a week at his local garda station.

The accused was also told he must have no contact with the complainants. At his first hearing, the district court ordered that nothing must be published that would identify any of the alleged victims. It was noted then that there was no evidence that publishing the defendant's name would link him to the complainants.