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Friday 23 August 2019

Teacher (24) accused of sex acts with teen student

The teacher who appeared in court in Swords yesterday
The teacher who appeared in court in Swords yesterday

A 24-year-old teacher has appeared in court where she was charged with the defilement of a teenage boy who was a student at her school at the time.

The woman was brought before Swords District Court yesterday where she was charged with two offences under Section 3 (1) of the Criminal Sexual Offences Act 2006, namely that on February 1 and February 13 she engaged in a sex act with a child under the age of 17.

The teacher appeared before Judge Dermot Dempsey after she was arrested by gardai at Dublin Airport on Sunday.

Judge Dempsey remanded her on bail and adjourned the case until December 19, when the woman is due to appear in court again.

The judge granted bail, with a number of conditions that included that she surrender her passport and not apply for a new document. She must also provide gardai with a phone number to be contactable at all times.

Judge Dempsey granted an application for legal aid as the defendant's solicitor said her client had lost her job.

The judge granted the application and the accused made a cash lodgement of €2,000 in court as she was granted bail.

The defendant, who was a teacher at a Dublin school at the time of the alleged offences, did not speak during the brief hearing.

It has been reported that evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given in court by Garda Stephen Hughes.

Garda Hughes said: "She was interviewed under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. Directions to charge were obtained last night."

Seized

The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made no reply after the charge.

Garda Hughes told the court that officers had seized the defendant's mobile phone and that she would have to obtain another one.

She also must not have any contact with the alleged victim or any other witnesses.

Garda Hughes asked the court that an order be made under Section 30 of the Sexual Offences Act that there would be no reporting of the identity of the accused or any details that might identify the victim.

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