157 convicted sex offenders living in communities across Ireland
Around 48 are classified as posing a ‘high’ or ‘very high’ risk of reoffending
A total of 157 convicted sex offenders are living in communities across the country, figures have revealed.
Around 48 of them are classified as posing a “high” or “very high” risk of reoffending under the Sex Offender Risk Assessment and Management programme.
The offenders, whose crimes include rape, buggery and defilement of a child, are aged between 18 and 75. The vast majority in the scheme – 155 – are men, with only two women.
Just over 30% (48) were located in Dublin at the beginning of this year, according to the latest SORAM annual report which was obtained under freedom of information laws.
Almost one-in -four (39) were free to walk the streets in communities in the south-eastern Garda region, which takes in Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Tipperary. Twenty-six are based in the southern Garda region, which encompasses counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick, while 19 sex offenders were living in counties Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Meath and Westmeath.
Around 16 convicts were spread across the northern Garda region of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth and the remaining nine offenders were located in counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Roscommon and Longford. The sex offenders are under the supervision of a multi-agency risk-management programme.