Man charged with sexual exploitation of a child has bail condition revoked

A man charged with the sexual exploitation of a child under 16 in Kerry has had a condition of his bail revoked.

The man, who can’t be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, appeared in Tralee Circuit Court to remove a condition of his bail which prohibited him from interacting with a co-accused man.

Detective Garda John Gilmartin objected to the removal of the condition from the terms of the accused’s bail.

His objection was based on the seriousness of the alleged offence, the likely sentence upon conviction and the danger of the accused allegedly reoffending.

A co-accused is facing a similar charge of sexual exploitation of a child, along with a separate charge of defilement of a person under 17.

Detective Gilmartin said it’s alleged the accused, while not engaging in a sexual act with the victim, drove the girl to a remote location where the co-accused regularly had sex with her.

Barrister for the accused, John O’Sullivan, said the condition preventing his client from meeting the co-accused is unduly onerous and he said the condition binds his client, but not the co-accused.

Judge Tom O’Donnell revoked the condition, saying the presumption of innocence should trump any other concerns in the case at this stage.

He added if the state believes something untoward to be occurring between the co-accused, they can revisit the bail terms.