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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Former Christian Brother guilty of abusing boys (10)

James Treacy (75)
James Treacy (75)

A former Christian Brother who would "lick" his pupils' ears while sexually abusing them in class has been found guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault.

James Treacy (75), of Ashford Close, Swords, Dublin, showed no emotion as a jury at Limerick Circuit Court found him guilty, by unanimous decision, of abusing all three male victims.

The court heard harrowing evidence from the victims, who were 10 years old and in fifth class at the time.

To protect the victims' identities, the court ordered restrictions on identifying the school.

Treacy had denied all the charges which related to offences in the late 1970s.

All his victims said he would abuse them in front of one another while he taught a "military-style" class.

His modus operandi, the court heard, was to place his hands down the boys' trousers and fondle their privates.

One victim told the court: "It was a military-style class. What I mean by that is that we had to be neat and clean.

"Our hair had to be cut and we had to clean our ears, and if your ears weren't clean, he would actually lick your ears."

Chilling

The man broke down several times as he gave a chilling account of what Treacy did to him. "I couldn't tell my mother what was happening," he added.

Another victim told the court how Treacy fondled him while whispering into his ear. "It was horrific," the man said.

He told the court he would be in "a panic" at home before going to school for fear of being targeted again by Treacy.

"I used to, in my own little mind, stuff my vest down my pants, in the hope he would go to another pupil," he said.

A third victim also broke down several times in court as he described Treacy abusing him in "full view of the class".

The court heard the victims did not tell anyone about the abuse until 2007 when they were contacted by gardai investigating allegations about Treacy.

Treacy was convicted last month of two further counts of indecently assaulting a boy at a school in the 1970s.

After abusing some of the boys, Treacy took them as a treat to meet his brother, the late Ireland soccer star Ray Treacy - who had no knowledge of the abuse - at a celebrity event.

Treacy was remanded on continuing bail for sentencing on all matters on June 30.

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