Ballyshannon man on child sex charges

A Ballyshannon man has today (Friday) been charged with, the sexual exploitation of children, exposing himself in public and possession of pornographic images of children.

A Ballyshannon man has today (Friday) been charged with, the sexual exploitation of children, exposing himself in public and possession of pornographic images of children.

Patrick Lenihan (42) of 60 Erne Street, Ballyshannon was arrested this morning and appeared before Ballyshannon District Court. The offences are all alleged to have taken place in Ballyshannon between October 2010 and August 2011.

Garda Martin McCarron told the court that, in response to the first charge, indecency, he stated “I apologise for that.”

When the second indency charge was read to him, he replied “I didn’t do that one.”

To the third charge, sexual exploitation of children, he said: “I didn’t even touch them.”

His reply to the final charge, of pornographic images of children on his mobile phone, was “I didn’t put those on my phone.”

Inspector Denis Joyce said the accused was already on bail in relation to a previous charge of indecency.

He said the DPP had directed that the three indecency charges be heard in the District Court and that the other charges be heard in the Circuit Court.

He said the state would accept bail, subject to a number of conditions. He asked that the accused be ordered: “to continue to reside at his current address and sign on daily at Ballyshannon Garda Station; not to engage in any act of indecency in a public place, or which is visible from the alleged victim’s home; to have no contact with children, except in the course of day to day living, that is, shopping; not to frequent any school or area where children congregate; and not to access the internet in any public place”.

Judge Kevin Kilrane granted bail subject to these conditions, with own bond of €300 non cash, and adjourned the case to April 20.