CHARGES of obtaining a 15-year-old boy for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Cork were brought against a 44-year-old man today.
Detective Garda Craig Peterson of the Protective Services Unit at Anglesea Street Garda Station gave evidence of arresting Garfield Ebbs with an address at Fairfield Green, Farranree, Cork, and charging him to a total of 22 counts.
20 of the charges refer to allegations that he engaged in sexual activity with a teenage boy, sexually exploited the boy, obtained the boy for sexual exploitation and met him for sexual exploitation. The 20 charges consist of four sets of offences, each with five similar counts, relating to a period from September 2018 to May 2019.
No details were given in relation to the alleged offences in court. Sergeant John Kelleher said that gardaí had received directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions that the matter should be tried on indictment before a judge and jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court Defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer asked when a book of evidence would be ready in the case and Sgt Kelleher applied for a four week adjournment to allow for preparation and service of the book of evidence against the defendant.
Judge Olann Kelleher granted the application and remanded the defendant on bail to appear again on May 29 for service of the book of evidence. The judge made an order prohibiting the publication of any details that would identify the injured party.
Garfield Ebbs was also charged with two counts relating to a woman in her late twenties where it is alleged he paid for sexual activity with a prostitute on November 25 2019 and January 7 this year.
Detective Garda Peterson formally arrested Ebbs at 4.30pm April 27 for the purpose of charging him with the 22 counts and that the defendant made no reply to any of the charges when they were put to him after caution.
The charges include five counts that Ebbs engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 17.
The state also alleges in another five charges that Ebbs engaged in sexual exploitation.
The next five charges alleged that he obtained a child under 17 for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
And finally there are five charges that he met a child under 17 for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
All of the charges are brought under sections of the Criminal Law (Sex Offences) Act 2017 except for the sexual exploitation charges which are brought, contrary to the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.