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Sentencing of former judge for sexual abuse adjourned

A former Circuit Court judge, who was due to be sentenced today for the sexual abuse of six young men almost 30 years ago, has had the case adjourned until Friday.

Gerard O’Brien, 59, of Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary, was convicted last December at the Central Criminal Court of one count of attempted anal rape and eight counts of sexual assault in relation to six victims.

The offences occurred at locations in Dublin between March 1991 and November 1997. O’Brien was a teacher at CBC Monkstown in Dublin and was aged between 27 and 33 at the time.

The victims, four of whom were students or former students, were then aged between 17 and 24.

The six victims have previously indicated they wished for O’Brien to be named but to maintain their anonymity.

Mr Justice Alexander Owens previously indicated that his provisional view is that he will impose a custodial sentence.

He asked for a report from the Irish Prison Services in relation to the facilities that would be available to O’Brien and remanded him on continuing bail until the next date.

O’Brien pleaded not guilty to all the allegations. He resigned as a Circuit Court judge in January, having been appointed to the position in 2015.

The case was due to be dealt with today but was mentioned before Ms Justice Eileen Creedon and adjourned until Friday.

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