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investigation Swimming coach quizzed as part of probe into alleged sexual exploitation of children

Swim Ireland had been alerted to concerns that recording devices may have been hidden in dressing rooms where children changed before and after swimming sessions.

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Swim Ireland had been alerted to concerns that recording devices may have been hidden in dressing rooms

Swim Ireland had been alerted to concerns that recording devices may have been hidden in dressing rooms

Swim Ireland had been alerted to concerns that recording devices may have been hidden in dressing rooms

Gardai have confirmed that a swimming coach in his 30s has been arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged sexual exploitation of children. 

Gardai said the man was detained at a Garda station in west Dublin before being released without charge.

A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

According to RTE, the investigation is being led by a Garda Divisional Protective Services Bureau comprised of detectives specially trained to investigate sexual offences.

Swim Ireland had been alerted to concerns that recording devices may have been hidden in dressing rooms where children changed before and after swimming sessions.

The association reported the matter to gardaí and a number of children and their parents were interviewed.

Evidence was gathered before the suspect was arrested last Tuesday on suspicion of committing an offence under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act.

The man was questioned throughout the day before being released without charge.

Gardaí are due to send a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions who will decide whether the coach is to face criminal charges.

In a statement to RTÉ News, Swim Ireland said the matter was raised with its National Children's Officer earlier this year, who in line with its procedures, contacted the statutory authorities straight away.

"The matter is now being investigated by the gardaí. All relevant protocols are active including dissemination of information as appropriate.

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"Our priority is to offer appropriate support and to co-operate with the Garda investigation. As we understand it this is not a matter that has previously been raised with the Gardaí and our National Children’s Officer continues to liaise closely with them. "

Gardai added: “On the 3rd May 2022 a male in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of alleged offences contrary to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017.

He was detained at a Garda station in west Dublin under section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984. The male was released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“As this is an ongoing criminal investigation An Garda Síochána has no further comment.”

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