Former RTÉ producer pleads guilty to child abuse offences
Updated / Friday, 14 May 2021 11:54
A former RTÉ sports producer has pleaded guilty today to child sex abuse offences in Ireland, the UK and the Philippines.
Kieran Creaven with an address at Adelaide Street in Dún Laoghaire made the admissions in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
The 58-year-old appeared by video link and replied guilty to ten charges.
He admitted sexually exploiting three children in Dublin, three counts of sexually assaulting and exploiting children in the Philippines, and possession of child pornography in the UK and Ireland.
He was remanded in custody for sentencing in July.
He pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography in Ireland and the UK in November 2017, three counts of sexually assaulting children in the Philippines – who have not been identified – on three different dates in October 2014 and July 2017, and three counts of exploiting three named children at a flat in Dublin between May and July 2017.
The court heard that the child pornography involved a SKYPE conversation in Dublin and videos on an SD card, a video and an image on a scan disc, and a video on a Samsung Galaxy in the UK.
The sexual assault on one of the children in the Philippines in 2017 was also via a Skype conversation.
When the charges were read over to Creaven he replied “guilty” to each one.
Defence Counsel Lorcan Staines told the court that Kieran Creaven was undergoing a psychological assessment and that it would take between six and eight weeks.
He also said that the sentencing hearing could be done by video link.
Judge Martin Nolan acceded to a request that an address in Dublin where some of the offences took place not be mentioned because it is where Creaven’s ex-wife lives and there had been an incident there.
Mr Staines said they were no longer in a relationship.
Creaven was originally charged with 17 offences, he pleaded guilty today to ten and prosecuting counsel Kerida Naidoo told the court that he would take instructions as regards the remainder.