Cork man charged with indecently assaulting a boy scout in the 1980s

Cork man charged with indecently assaulting a boy scout in the 1980s
Michael Noel Sheehan at Cork Court where he appeared on scout sex abuse charges. Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney//Cork Courts

A 74-year-old man was arrested today and charged with indecently assaulting a boy scout in the mid-1980s.

Detective Garda David Moynihan arrested the accused, Michael Noel Sheehan, at his home in Chimneyfields, Glenville, County Cork, this morning.

The single charge brought against the defendant was that on a date unknown between January 7 1986 and April 31 1987 at the defendant’s home address he did commit an indecent assault on a named boy.

Det. Garda Moynihan cautioned the accused that he did not have to say anything but that anything he might say would be taken down in writing and could be given in evidence.

The 74-year-old replied, “Not guilty”, to the single charge against him today.

The detective said the charge was brought arising out of a complaint made through Scouting Ireland. The defendant was a former scout leader.

Det. Garda Moynihan said there was no objection to the accused being remanded on bail. Only one bail condition was sought, namely that the accused would stay away from the complainant and have no contact with him, directly or indirectly.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial by indictment on the indecent assault charge and also consented to a guilty plea being entered at the district court for sentencing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence solicitor, Ken Murray, said a book of evidence would be required.

Judge Olann Kelleher remanded the accused on bail to appear at Cork District Court again on June 19 to allow time for preparation and service of a book of evidence.

Mr Murray applied for free legal aid to represent the accused. 

“He is a retired man. He has no income. He is on the old age pension,” the solicitor said. 

Judge Kelleher granted free legal aid on that basis.

No details were given at the brief court hearing today outlining the background to the alleged offence.

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