December 10, 2002
Soccer manager jailed for abusing young boys

by Tomas Mac Ruairi in The Irish Independent

A MAN described as having "homosexual paedophilic tendencies" has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing young boys while managing a soccer club.

Padraig Cullen (47), an unmarried labourer, of Mellows Avenue, Arklow, Co Wicklow, who was extradited from England last year, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges relating to one victim and had two other counts taken into consideration.

Judge Yyonne Murphy directed that his name be added to the sexual offenders' register and that he undergo two years of post-release supervision.

Accepting that his remorse was genuine, she also recommended that he participate in the sex offenders counselling programme before his release.

She noted that there was no evidence of violence and that the psychiatric report showed Cullen had been sexually abused when 10 years old by a person in authority.

He has been in custody since his extradition.

Garda William Cadogan said Cullen had one previous conviction in 1985 when he was given a three-month sentence for gross indecency with a young boy.

He was given the benefit of the Probation Act on appeal.

Gda Cadogan agreed that Cullen co-operated with the extradition proceedings and the only evidence against him was victims' statements. A trial would have involved their word against his.

Posted by Colm at December 10, 2002 02:45 PM

With all due respect, I can empathise with his being abused as a child. But how dare he use his abuse as an excuse to do evil. And how dare he only get three years for destroying people's whole lives.

Posted by: on December 10, 2002 07:00 PM

He should have joined the Christian Brothers-he fills all the criteria

Posted by: BigBrother on December 20, 2002 11:04 PM

Here in the SEHB a review is currently under way where an employee is being investigated. He has not been charged in our courts so nothing will be done, despite the fact, the Health Board and the Gardai are well aware of the individual.
See Sunday Independent 22 October. Jimmy Guerin's article.
Why are Barnardo's investigating this individual - surely they're a charitable organisation?

Posted by: Nora Brennan on December 22, 2002 08:14 PM
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