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bailed Cork man pleads guilty to attempted exploitation of 14-year-old girl

Bowen tried to meet the with the girl at a coffee shop in 2019 in order to carry out a sexual assault, the court heard

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Tim Bowen with an address at Cottage View, Monkstown, Cork pictured after appearing at Cork District Court charged with attempted sexual exploitation of teenage girl. 
Pic Cork Courts Limited

Tim Bowen with an address at Cottage View, Monkstown, Cork pictured after appearing at Cork District Court charged with attempted sexual exploitation of teenage girl. Pic Cork Courts Limited

Tim Bowen with an address at Cottage View, Monkstown, Cork pictured after appearing at Cork District Court charged with attempted sexual exploitation of teenage girl. Pic Cork Courts Limited

A man in his forties has signed pleas of guilty after he was charged with two counts of the attempted sexual exploitation of a fourteen year old girl in 2019.

Tim Bowen of Cottage View in Monkstown, Co Cork appeared before Cork District Court today in connection with the charges.

Detective Sergeant Gary Duggan gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution in the case.

The first charge is that between July 4 and July 6 2019 Mr Bowen did attempt to communicate with a child by way of communication technology for the purpose of facilitating the sexual exploitation of that child.

The second charge is that at Costa Coffee café in Bishopstown in Cork city on July 26 2019 he did attempt to intentionally meet the child for the purpose of doing something that constituted sexual exploitation of the child, namely sexual assault.

Sergeant John Kelleher previously told the court that the DPP had directed trial by indictment on the charges. Alternatively, he indicated that Mr Bowen could enter a plea of guilty at district court level with sentencing following in Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Today at Cork District Court defence solicitor, Eddie Burke, said that his client was signing pleas of guilty on both counts. Mr Bowen (44) signed the pleas at district court level and will be sent forward for sentencing in the circuit court.

Judge Olann Kelleher granted bail to Mr Bowen and adjourned the case until April 25th next at Cork Circuit Court. Certain bail conditions have to be adhered to by Mr Bowen in the interim.

Mr Bowen is required to sign on twice a week at Togher garda station. He also must surrender his passport, notify gardaí of any change of address and be contactable to gardai by mobile phone on a twenty four seven basis. Free legal aid was granted in the case.

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