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