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Monday 29 May 2017

Detective probed over woman's claims he demanded sex favours

'The officer is the third garda from the same district to be disciplined over separate sexual assault cases' (stock photo)
'The officer is the third garda from the same district to be disciplined over separate sexual assault cases' (stock photo)

A detective is under investigation and has been suspended from the force amid claims he demanded sexual favours from a woman in return for "perverting the course of justice".

The officer is the third garda from the same district to be disciplined over separate sexual assault cases, the Herald can reveal.

This comes a day after it was revealed that another officer is now preparing to take a high-profile civil case against the gardai, the State and named officers over his alleged treatment during a separate rape investigation. This officer is currently being investigated for the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl,

The Herald has learned that this latest case first came to the attention of gardai in July 2016.According to sources, a female member of a criminal family walked into a station and asked to speak with a senior officer.

Suspended

The woman, who is in her 30s, alleged that another man, a detective in the same district, had demanded sexual favours in return for concealing certain offences.

"She accused him of asking to receive sexual favours in return for perverting the course of justice" a senior source said.

"She made a full statement to the senior officer about this detective who was subsequently suspended with full pay."

The woman who made the allegations has a number of teenage children and has previously been before the courts for theft and fraud offences.

Sources said the officer at the centre of the investigation comes from a well-respected family.

"Anyone aware of it is completely shocked by the allegations against him," a source added.

The matter has been handed over to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) for investigation.

Fantasies

The Herald has learned that the officer who took the original complaint is the same man who is now under investigation for the alleged sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl.

This officer was previously accused of raping a woman in a car in August 2013 and was suspended from duty for a period of time.

During the attack it was alleged that he detailed child sex fantasies.

A GSOC investigation was carried out into this allegation but the DPP directed that no prosecution be taken.

He was permitted to return to work but was subsequently accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl and has since been suspended from the force for a second time.

This same officer is now taking a legal action against the Gardai, the State and named officers over his treatment during the original rape investigation.

He alleges he was the victim of biased and unfair treatment during the original investigation by a fellow officer.

A source acknowledged that the allegations involved are "potentially very serious for the entire force".

Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan have been contacted by various parties in relation to the allegations.

The garda district, which has several hundred officers, has had major success against organised crime in the last decade but sources say these revelations have the potential to undo a lot of good work.

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