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Dublin man who flew to London to abuse child jailed


A Dublin man has been jailed for almost seven years after he flew to London to meet a six-year-old girl and sexually abuse her.

However, the child was fictitious and 49-year-old Adrian O’Reilly was communicating with a London police officer.

When O’Reilly flew over from Ireland on the pretence of meeting the child, he was arrested by Met police officers at the rendezvous point in Stratford.

Detective Constable Ed Hickford said: “Our pursuit of those who engage in illegal sexual activity with children is relentless and we will use a range of tactics to identify and arrest those responsible.”In this case, O’Reilly thought he was communicating with a person who was offering access to a young girl.

“His messages were vile and he endorsed these by getting on a plane and flying to London with the intention to carry out this abuse.

“However, he was greeted by my team who arrested him and compiled a wealth of evidence which left him with no choice but to plead guilty.”

In a statement, Met police said O’Reilly came to police attention in January 2023 when he exchanged messages with an officer posing as another user.

In these messages, O’Reilly discussed his desire to arrange to meet and abuse a young girl.

On 29 March last year O’Reilly flew to London and then travelled to Stratford where he believed he would meet his contact and then travel on to meet the child.

When he was arrested, officers found him possession of items including Viagra and condoms.Yesterday, O’Reilly was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown to six years and nine months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to arranging/facilitating the commission of a child offence.

O’Reilly was also handed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and will be subject to lifetime notification requirements.


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