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Saturday 10 December 2016

Ex-fireman who had sex with girl (16) gets 7 years

'The relationship with the girl had developed by June and on one occasion he took her alone to the Dublin Mountains'
'The relationship with the girl had developed by June and on one occasion he took her alone to the Dublin Mountains'

A former firefighter with an "unblemished" 30 years' service with Dublin Fire Brigade has been sentenced to seven years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a child.

Ron Tulie (57) met his victim while teaching a first aid and fire safety course in 2008 when she was 16.

Gda Declan Sherlock told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the girl suffered severe long-term psychological effects.

Judge Desmond Hogan ruled that Tulie's position of authority over the girl was an aggravating factor in the defilement.

The father-of-four, from Pine-valley Park, Rathfarnham, admitted four counts of having sexual intercourse with a child under 17 in the Dublin Mountains between June 1 and July 27, 2008.

Tulie held his head in his hands and wept as the judge handed down the sentence.

"It's all of his own making," the judge said before suspending the final two years.

"He was taking advantage of his maturity over her youth."

Gda Sherlock told Roisin Lacey, prosecuting, that the girl's school principal heard rumours about the relationship and alerted the HSE.

Gardai got involved and spoke with the victim, who said Tulie had given her and her two friends his email address when the first aid course ended.

The victim contacted Tulie within a week and started a friendly relationship with him through emails.

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Tulie met the girl and her friends several times between February and June 2008 and took them for drives.

The relationship with the girl had developed by June and on one occasion he took her alone to the Dublin Mountains.

She recalled that Tulie had still been in his fireman's uniform when he pulled his car into a viewing area and had sex with her in the back seat.

She said she met Tulie for consensual sex about five times between June and July.

Mary Rose Gearty, defending, said her client was very remorseful.

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