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'complex offences' Former RTÉ producer accused of child abuse in three jurisdictions

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Kieran Creavan

Kieran Creavan

Kieran Creavan

FORMER RTÉ producer Kieran Creaven is accused of child abuse in three jurisdictions, a court has heard.

Mr Creaven (58) has been unable to take up bail since he was charged five weeks ago with 17 offences in Ireland and outside the State.

He was arrested at his home in Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, in November 2017.

Conditional bail in his own bond of €500 with a requirement for a €10,000 independent surety had been set on October 1.

Mr Creaven faced his third hearing when he appeared at Cloverhill District Court yesterday. He was still in custody.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and a book of evidence must be completed. Detective Garda Johanna Doyle, who is attached to the Online Child Exploitation Unit, has sent the case file to the DPP.

A State solicitor told Judge Victor Blake the book of evidence was not yet ready and a number of statements from the UK were yet to be received.

Complex

"The offences are complex and technical, and allegedly occurred over a period of time in three different jurisdictions," the solicitor told the court.

Judge Blake was asked to extend time for completion of the book of evidence.

He noted the accused was in custody with consent to bail and, acceding to the application, he further remanded him to appear on November 18.

He said every effort should be made to have the book of evidence ready.

The unemployed former broadcaster, who was dressed in PPE, did not address the court.

His barrister Sharon Rossiter successfully applied for legal aid to be granted.

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Mr Creaven is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child outside the State in 2014; three counts of sexual exploitation of a child outside the State in 2014; three counts of sexually exploiting a child in Ireland in 2017; five counts of possessing of child pornography in 2017; four counts of using IT and communication technology for the purpose of facilitating child sexual exploitation inside and outside of the State in 2017.

Some of the charges carry a possible sentence of life imprisonment.

Mr Creaven has not yet indicated how he will plead.

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