Two people charged in connection with sexual abuse of young boy (6) in Tipperary
Gardai have said that two people have been charged in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of a young boy in Tipperary.
The six-year-old was rescued by Gardai and social workers from his home in after a Europol investigation into abuse footage posted online. He is now in the care of the State.
Together with social workers, Gardai took the boy from his parents after a Europe-wide investigation into child pornography.
Gardai confirmed that two men have been arrested and charged and are appearing before the courts.
"Two persons have been charged and are before the courts", a spokesperson said.
Gardai are now "working closely" with TULSA, a State agency responsible for improving well-being and outcomes for children.
They added for operational reasons they are not making any further comments.
A source told the Irish Independent: "This is the worst case we've ever dealt with. It involves the absolutely horrific treatment of a child."
A social worker with the Child and Family Agency told the court Gardaí contacted her office on Monday (March, 24) with concerns a boy was being sexually abused at a home.
She said Gardai informed her the house was to be searched for any incriminating evidence of abuse. There was video footage of the abuse posted online.
The investigation was prompted by Europol suspicions a boy was being abused at the home in Tipperary. They communicated to the Garda Paedophile Investigations Unit in December 2014 their suspicions, and an investigation traced an internet provider to the home in question.
After obtaining a search warrant, Gardai and social workers searched the property and found the boy - who was identified as the child - being abused in the sick videos. They identified a number of items, “implements and blankets”, which could be seen in the disturbing videos posted online.
The boy was immediately taken into care by the social workers present.
The court heard investigating officers believed there was an immediate risk to the child, and he was taken and placed in foster care.