Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting his Young Daughter

A Waterford man pleaded guilty when he was arraigned in the Circuit Criminal Court last week, with sexually assaulting his young daughter and possession of child porn.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons in order to protect the identity of the victim is aged in his 50s.
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The court heard the man had possession of videos of children engaged in a sexual act on January 24th, 2015. He also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his daughter on a date between January 1st, 2014 and January 2015.
Barrister Conor Roberts, defending, applied for bail for his client and said he had no previous convictions apart from one a road traffic matter. In the past he engaged in counselling and had significant issues with depression and alcohol. An application was also made for a psychological report.
For the DPP, Noel Whelan, BL, said the State had no objection to bail but added that there should be a bail condition forbidding the accused from having contact with the victim.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly directed that the accused man’s name be entered in the Register of Sex Offenders.
He remanded the man on bail to April 10th next on condition that he had no contact with the injured party or her sibling. He also directed the preparation of a Probation and Welfare Report and granted the accused legal aid for the reparation of a psychological report.

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