Man in Cork arrested as part of investigation into abuse in scouting circles

Man in Cork arrested as part of investigation into abuse in scouting circles

The man arrested is in his 70s.

A MAN has been arrested in Cork this morning as part of an investigation into abuse in scouting circles.

The man is in his 70s.

The arrest comes after more than a year of Garda investigations. 

Scouting Ireland revealed in December 2018 that the organisation had been made aware of “212 known and alleged perpetrators and of 317 alleged victims, over the last 70 years".

The arrest follows complaints by 20 former scouts who allege they were abused in scouting circles.

The man arrested this morning has been arrested previously as part of the investigation. 

A Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí have arrested a man in his 70s in relation to sexual offences that are alleged to have occurred over a 30 year period.

"The investigation surrounds a number of complaints relating to an individual associated with Scouting Ireland. To date, An Garda Síochána has carried out a lengthy investigation into these matters.

"As part of the investigation Gardaí from the Protective Services Unit in Cork city, with the assistance of local Gardaí, carried out four searches at properties in Co. Cork and one in Co. Kerry. During the searches Gardaí seized documentation, electronic devices and computers.

"An Garda Síochána is continuing to liaise with the review group and Tusla in relation to these matters and thanks them for their assistance to date.

"Each and every complaint made to An Garda Síochána will be investigated with professionalism and compassion. An Garda Síochána is appealing to any victim(s) who have not yet come forward to make a complaint at their local Garda station or via the confidential historical abuse phone line at 1800 555 222.

"The man is currently detained at Togeher Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984."

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