The man, who is a former GAA coach from the midlands, had fought extradition from the USA in a court in Albany, New York. However, the Judge who was hearing the case has just delivered his judgement that the man shall be extradited back to Ireland to face the charges. The man cannot be named for legal reasons and is facing almost 400 charges relating to allegations of abuse of two teenagers over a number of years.
The former midlands GAA coach will now be extradited to Ireland from the US to face charges of almost 400 counts of child sex-abuse.
It is claimed he moved to the UK and then New York. In September 2018, Gardaí requested assistance from US authorities to locate him in the USA. A surveillance operation took place and his address was verified through utility, cable, and postal records. Homeland Security in the USA in association with local police, tracked him down to a suburb in Northern New York state.It is understood that he had been living there since last April.
According to US court documents, the former coach is charged with 394 criminal counts arising from his alleged protracted sexual abuse of two underage teenagers between 2004 and 2009.
The man is charged with 210 counts of sexual abuse, 177 counts of rape, 3 counts of assault causing harm and single counts of attempted rape, false imprisonment, damage to property and one count of harassment.
The alleged abuse is understood to have occurred mainly at a GAA grounds in the midlands but also in other locations including hotel rooms. The man is accused of grooming one of the alleged victims, giving him a job, gifts, money, and trips away.
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