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Man serving sentence for sexual assault of child given further 30 months assault on boy (9)

Erin O'Brien exposed a nine-year-old boy to pornography and touched the boy's genitalia
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Claire Henry

A man who is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for the sexual assault of a child has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for a similar offence.

Erin O’Brien (25) of Kilcross rd., Sandyford, pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual assault which occurred on 20 September 2018.

O’Brien, who was 22 years of age at the time of the assault, assaulted a boy aged 9. O’Brien exposed the young boy to child pornography and touched the boy’s genital area. The boy was also instructed to touch O’Brien’s penis several times.

The court heard that O’Brien also offered the child cash if he would engage in anal sex, but the child refused.

A victim impact statement was prepared by the mother of the victim in which she stated that her child “was a happy go, lucky child, without a care in the world before the assault”. The boy now attends counselling and is a changed child due to O’Brien’s actions, the court heard.

Judge Melanie Greally outlined the most serious aggravating factor was the offer of cash by O’Brien to the boy for anal sex and that the offence was carried out after a sequence of similar offences with another victim.

Judge Greally considered O’Brien’s guilty plea, which spared the victim the trauma of a trial. Documents submitted to the court outlined that O’Brien is proactive in engaging in therapeutic and counselling services.

Judge Greally sentenced O’Brien to 30 months in prison which will run concurrently with his current prison sentence, and backdated it to when he entered a guilty plea.

O’Brien will be subject to post-release supervision and must participate and cooperate with services deemed appropriate by the probation services. In addition, O’Brien is to have no direct or indirect contact with the victim and must have no unsupervised access to children.

Judge Greally hopes that the victim can live a normal and happy life and also thanked the victim’s family.

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