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Online child predator freed

Man serves two years for forcing boy to perform sex act on him


RELEASE: Ciaran Doherty is picked up after leaving Arbour Hill Prison

RELEASE: Ciaran Doherty is picked up after leaving Arbour Hill Prison

Ciaran Doherty

Ciaran Doherty


RELEASE: Ciaran Doherty is picked up after leaving Arbour Hill Prison

This the moment vile internet predator Ciaran Doherty walked free- after serving just over two years in prison for forcing a 13-year-old boy he'd met on a gay contact site into a sex act.

Our pictures show the Donegal degenerate walking free from Arbour Hill Prison on Friday morning into the waiting arms of a couple who were there to collect him.

Doherty looks to have bulked up considerably while serving his sentence for defilement of a child under the age of 15.

The 35-year-old was initially sentenced to four years in prison in May of 2018, after a court heard how he forced a 13-year-old boy into a sex act after the pair met online.

Doherty preyed on the child after the victim had downloaded the Gaydar gay dating website app on his mother's phone.


Ciaran Doherty

Ciaran Doherty

Ciaran Doherty


The pervert, who is from the Inishowen peninsula, travelled to meet the boy at his home while his mother had gone out for two hours.

But he was caught after the boy's mother arrived home early to find her son being forced to perform oral sex on sick Doherty.

Judge John Aylmer told Letterkenny Circuit Court that he considered such an offence to carry a sentence of six years in prison.

However, because of a number of mitigating factors, he reduced the sentence to four years, with the final 12 months of that sentence suspended.

And because Doherty qualified for a further reduction of 25 per cent as standard remission applied by the Irish Prison Service - that meant he walked free on Friday after just 27 months inside.

Pervert Doherty was also ordered to sign on the sex offenders' register after pleading guilty to the defilement of a child under 15 years on April 13, 2015.

At Doherty's sentencing hearing, the court had heard how the boy had downloaded the website's app and put up a profile of himself claiming to be 19 years old.

The court heard how the boy's mother had left him in her home with his siblings, while she went out for a couple of hours with her partner.

She gave the boy her mobile phone in case she needed to be contacted urgently.

Garda Malcolm Hooks told the court how the boy downloaded the gay contacts app Gaydar and put a fake profile claiming he was 19 years old on it.

In some of the other information contained in the profile, he admitted that he was just 13.

On another part of the profile, the boy wrote: "I'm not a porn star, I'm a 13-year-old."

Within a short time of setting up his profile, a meeting between Doherty and the child was arranged at the boy's home.

In a later interview with gardai, Doherty admitted that when the boy answered the door to him he thought he was aged "sixteen or seventeen."


Garda Hooks said that when the boy was interviewed by specialist officers, he claimed that the man forced him to give him oral sex.

During the sexual encounter, the boy's mother returned unexpectedly and witnessed the incident.

Doherty's sister gave evidence that up until this incident her family never knew he was homosexual.

She added that he was deeply ashamed of what had happened and was willing to accept any punishment that came his way.

Barrister for the accused, Mr Colm Smyth, SC, said his client came from a very respectable family who were all shocked by what had happened.

He said a report from a forensic clinical psychologist found Doherty to be immature and introverted and that he had difficulty recognising his bisexuality.

But the psychologist added that he found no evidence of any interest in paedophilia.

Doherty told the psychologist "I'm not that kind of person and I'm disgusted with myself. If I can fix this in any way I will."

Irish Independent