Paedo cop jailed for vile sex attacks on sister could face GSOC investigation
- 7:00, 30 May 2022
A FORMER garda jailed last week for vile sex attacks on his sister could he investigated for his previous conduct in the force, The Irish Sun can reveal.
The 62-year-old abuser cannot be named to protect the victim’s anonymity.
He was aged 19 to 20 years old in the summer and autumn of 1979 when he repeatedly indecently assaulted the girl at the family home in the Munster area. She was aged 15 at the time.
The woman told her doctor and her husband about the abuse in 2005 and 2006.
Gardai questioned the suspect about the accusations in 2012. He was taken off public duty and retired shortly after. No formal complaint was made then.
The ex-cop was then charged in 2020 and later pleaded guilty to five offences.
He was caged for his crimes for four years.
But the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission could now launch a probe into his years of service and why he wasn’t investigated earlier.
A source said: “GSOC could definitely look at why he wasn’t charged earlier.
“It’s also likely that they could look into his conduct while he was a garda, particularly in investigating similar type cases that he was ultimately charged with.”
A complaint does not have to be made against a garda for the GSOC to launch an investigation.
The watchdog wouldn’t comment on this particular case, but in a statement they told The Irish Sun: “GSOC investigations can be initiated under a number of provisions of the Garda Siochana Act 2005, as amended.