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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Serial sex offender jailed for two years

A sex offender who touched a young girl through her clothes has been given a two-year sentence.

Eoin Dowling (24), who has 12 previous convictions including a number for sexual assault and indecency, first committed offences as a teenager and his mother had sought help for him from the HSE when he was 15.

Dowling, who has been in custody since early last year and is formerly of Knightstown, Wilkinstown, Co Meath, but originally from Glenmore Park, Ballyboden, Dublin 16, pleaded guilty to sexual assault of the girl on February 2, 2010.

Judge Martin Nolan said Dowling did not seem to have received the help he required to deal with his problems and noted the criminal justice system could not incarcerate people indefinitely to stop them committing crimes.

He said that the HSE had not seen fit to help him.

He said it seemed the court did not have the tools to give anything close to an adequate response and he was aware of the imperfections of what he was going to do.

Yesterday, at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Nolan imposed a two-year sentence and two years post release supervision. He said he was not to visit the area where the girl resided on his release.



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Detective Garda Emma Clerkin told Martina Baxter, prosecuting, that she responded to a call and found a man restraining Dowling. The man told her his daughter had alleged Dowling had touched her private parts.

Dowling later agreed he had put his hand between her legs and brushed her while she was clothed but said he was not sexually aroused by young girls and felt guilty.

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