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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Face of Dublin man charged in teen kidnap and sex assault

Dean Furlong (25) appeared before Monaghan District Court charged with false imprisonment and sexual assault
Dean Furlong (25) appeared before Monaghan District Court charged with false imprisonment and sexual assault

This is the Dublin man charged with the false imprisonment and aggravated sexual assault of a teenage boy.

Dean Furlong (25), of Mullagh, Co Cavan, appeared before Monaghan District Court yesterday morning in relation to a number of incidents which are alleged to have happened between October 17 and October 20.

Mr Furlong, originally from Finglas, was also charged with assault.

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On Monday, three people were arrested as part of a garda investigation into videos being circulated on social media in relation to a teenager being assaulted.

Yesterday morning, the accused was brought back before the court, charged with assault causing serious harm, aggravated sexual assault and false imprisonment of a 19-year-old at a house in Cavan.

All three charges carry a maximum jail term of life imprisonment on conviction.

A garda sergeant told the court that there was an objection to bail. However, counsel for the accused said that there was no application for bail at this time.

Gardai asked for reporting restrictions to be put in place preventing the identification of the injured party as "there is an allegation of sexual assault" involved.

The garda sergeant also said that there was "potentially prejudicial material" on social media and asked the court to "remind people not to share items which may be harmful to any future trial".

Judge Denis McLaughlin remanded the accused in custody to Castlerea Prison and he will appear before Harristown District Court tomorrow.

The accused, wearing a green hoodie, did not speak during the brief hearing.

Legal aid was granted and an application for a psychiatric assessment of the accused while in custody was made.

Two other people arrested in relation to the incident, a man and a woman in their 20s, were released without charge and files will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

"A 19-year-old male is currently being treated at a hospital, also in the north-east," said a garda spokesman .

"Gardai would like to remind the public of their commitment to combat online criminal activity and encourage any members of the public who view such offending material to refer to their local garda station," the spokesman added.

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