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Our Top Stories from 2020 The sick child rapist who stole a powerful painkilling drug to knock out teenage victims

First published May 31, 2020. We revealed the face of the evil part-time paramedic who launched a series of sickening sex attacks on two teenage boys.

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Scott Brown has a high risk of re-offending, the judge was told

Scott Brown has a high risk of re-offending, the judge was told

Scott Brown has a high risk of re-offending, the judge was told

THIS is the evil part-time paramedic who launched a series of sickening sex attacks on two teenage boys after drugging them with a powerful painkiller.

Scott Brown pleaded guilty this year to a number of charges, including rape, after admitting to subjecting the boys to the horrifying assaults in 2018.

The volunteer paramedic - who had been on a nursing course at the time which included a placement in a children's hospital - was jailed earlier this year for nine and a half years.

He used a stolen drug and inhaler in two planned and "predatory" attacks to render the boys unconscious in a series of offences that spanned Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Laois.

Judge Paul McDermott said that Brown had made sure the boys had enough of the drug to ensure he could do what he pleased with them.

Just two weeks after the first attack in May 2018, Brown carried out a second attack which was also recorded on a camera phone.

He was caught when the second boy alerted his family and gardai found the video evidence.

Brown altered the inhaler to remove a filter which allowed a dose four times stronger to be administered and which should not be given to people under 18.

The painkilling drug, Penthrox – which Brown stole from a racecourse -- is commonly carried in ambulances and is also used at agreed to sporting events by doctors, the Defence Forces and lifeguards.

Brown had manipulated his network of friends, made through working for voluntary organisations, to strike up friendships with the teenage boys.

The mother of one of the boys said this week that her son was too embarrassed to come to court to give his own statement. She said he had been a typical teenager and was preparing to sit his Junior Cert exam in May 2018.

Since the attack he has had difficulties in school and had to go to counselling. She said the night of the assaults will haunt them both for the rest of their lives.

Brown had used his position of responsibility to gain access to controlled drugs in order to carry out horrendous acts of assault against a child, she added.

She asked how he was able to steal a drug "that should have been locked away", asking "what if he [her son] reacted badly or didn't come around?"

The other teenage boy also made a statement which was read in court in which he said the attack had left him "very disorientated to say the least".

He added that he was left sick "emotionally" and "physically" and had thought the attacker was a good friend.

As a result, he said he had "isolated myself from my friends" and had been too embarrassed to talk about it.

"I try not to think about it, I just want to move on with my life," he added.

A Probation Service report described Brown as being at a high risk of re-offending and showed no insight into the harm he had caused.

Judge McDermott said Brown had carried out his plan coldly and ruthlessly without any regard to the boys' safety.

This week, a garda gave evidence about how the attacks took place after the first 15-year-old victim had agreed to go for a drive with Brown.

The boy agreed to take the drug and began "blacking in and out" of consciousness and was told to "take it" as Brown held the inhaler to his mouth.

When he woke, the car was stopped in a secluded business park and Brown was orally raping him, he told gardai.

Video clips taken in the car and shown to the judge confirmed the boy's account, showing Brown carrying out the attack.

The videos were discovered by gardai after a second victim had told his sister about being sexually assaulted in the back of a car.

He told gardai that Brown had repeatedly asked him if he wanted to try the drug after taking him for a drive.

When he agreed, Brown took a medi-bag from the boot of the car and took out the Penthrox vial and the inhaler device and showed the boy how to use it.

After inhaling a number of times the boy couldn't use his arms so Brown attached the inhaler to an oxygen mask and held it to his face, telling him to keep breathing.

Like the first victim, he awoke to find Brown assaulting him and saying: "Do you not want it any more?"

Judge McDermott imposed an 11-year sentence for the attacks but suspended the final 18 months.

He said the attacks were planned in a predatory way by a man who had used his membership of a voluntary organisation to gain people's trust.

He added that the use of a drug to debilitate the victims was a particularly aggravating feature of this case.

The judge described as sinister the making of a permanent video record which he said is very damaging and upsetting for the victims.

Brown had chosen to use the network of friendship gained through these organisations "as a vehicle to target the two boys".

He said Brown took a lead role in targeting the victims and in the planning of the attacks.

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