Civil servant asked alleged benefit fraudster for oral sex, court hears
An Irish civil servant, who is accused of requesting oral sex from an alleged benefit fraudster in return for dropping the investigation against her, has gone on trial.
Sligo native Andrew Gilmartin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to the coercion charge levelled against him.
Prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Dara Foynes told the jury at Sligo Circuit Criminal Court that Mr Gilmartin is facing just one charge.
She informed the jury that the 45-year-old, with an address at Drumfad, Grange, Co Sligo, was charged under Section Nine of the non-fatal offences against the person act.
The charge against Mr Gilamartin is that of compelling the woman to perform an act which she had a lawful right to abstain from performing.
The alleged offence was said to have taken place at the Social Welfare office, located on the Cranmore Road in Sligo town, on April 9, 2014.
Ms Foynes stated that the alleged female victim had more or less been found to be gainfully employed while also claiming social welfare.
The woman in question went for an interview at the Social Welfare office on the specified date in April.
The State's case is that Mr Gilmartin let it be known, at the close of the interview, that the woman faced the possibility of arrest and prosection.
"It is alleged that he (Mr Gilmartin) then asked her for oral sex in return for getting her out of trouble," Ms Foynes told the jury, according to Independent.ie
The prosecutor went on to say that, at this point, the alleged victim "fled the room" before making a complaint.
This complaint sparked an investigation which led to the court case.
The trial in Sligo continues.