Limerick man used facebook to groom teenager for sexual assault

first_imgby Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A COUNTY Limerick man used Facebook to a groom a 13-year-old girl for two weeks before he sexually assaulted her at a derelict house, Limerick Circuit Court has heard.Three years ago, Lee Carey (21) of Sycamore Heights, Patrickswell posed as an older man on the facebook site where he befriended the young girl.He adopted the alter ego of 36-year-old Nigel O’Dea and developed extensive contact with the girl through the site, exchanging “messages of a sexual nature”.Garda Tracey Corcoran said that the matters came to light when the girl’s mother met her daughter walking home after she met Carey in the derelict house.The mother became suspicious of her daughter’s movements on May 12, 2011 when she said she was going to meet a friend.  She dispatched her partner and eldest son to trace her daughter’s whereabouts.Half an hour after meeting Carey, the young girl reappeared and admitted that she had met him and they had kissed and held each other. They parted ways after Carey received a text from his girlfriend and the girl received a phone call from her mother.Lee Carey was seen by the girl’s mother emerging from the derelict house. A short time later, she put the allegation to Carey’s father who said he knew nothing about it.Gardaí subsequently uncovered two weeks of exchanged messages between the user “Nigel O’Dea” and the young girl. Carey subsequently changed the user profile name to Nigel O’Connor.In September 2011, Lee Carey made full admissions to gardai of his involvement before any complaint was made to Gardaí.An official complaint was made by the young girl over 11 months after the incident and Garda Corcoran told the court that the victim she didn’t want to speak about it and described as a “negative statement”.The court heard explicit details of the messages sent to the young girl and the conversations of a sexual nature that she was invited to respond to.He asked the girl if he should bring a condom to the meeting and while there, he twice asked if he could he could engage in digital penetration.On September 26 last year, Lee Carey, now 24, pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of a child by inviting them to engage in a sexual act on dates between April 29, 2011 and May 12, 2011 and to sexually assaulting the 13 year old girl on May 12, 2011.Defence counsel, Mark Nicholas told the court that his client had “since married a long-term girlfriend on full disclosure basis”.He said that Mr Carey was very remorseful over his “utter lunacy and bad judgement”. and was prepared to take any step possible to address this.Judge Carroll Moran said the defendant’s actions amounted to a “grooming process of a very young girl”. He praised her mother for being “alive and aware” as to what was possibly going on.“Who knows what would have happened had her mother not put a stop to it”, Judge Moran added.Imposing a three year prison sentence, Judge Carroll Moran said that he would suspend it given the positive report before the court which presented Lee Carey as a of a “low risk to children”, but placed his name on the register for sex offenders for five years. Facebook Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisement Email NewsCrime & CourtLimerick man used facebook to groom teenager for sexual assaultBy Staff Reporter – February 14, 2014 1927 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick No vaccines in Limerick yet Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April center_img WhatsApp Print TAGSfacebookfeaturedgroomingMusic Limerick Twitter #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Linkedin Previous articleThe AftermathNext articleLimerick Fire Service responds to 220 emergency incidents Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

Read More →

‘Philosophical Fight Club’ debates God and the good

first_imgTuesday night, students from philosophy class “God and the Good Life” hosted “Philosophical Fight Club” at 8 p.m. in DeBartolo Hall. The event featured a debate between philosophy professor Meghan Sullivan and theology professor Fr. Kevin Grove, and functioned as a mid-term project for some 20 students in the class ranging from freshmen to juniors.Sullivan, who teaches the class, said the assignment was an open “campaign” for the students.“They’re just supposed to do something good and then talk about the philosophical argument behind it,” she said.Sophomore Joe DelleDonne said the group planned this event as their campaign project because they wanted to mirror the debate format of the class.“We do this kind of structured debate for our God and the Good Life class, and we really love them. People get really into them because they’re always centered on topics related to our daily lives,” DelleDonne said. “If you take a step back, it’s all sort of one-sided. We’re really curious about what our professors think, and specifically how they think.”Sophomore Nicole Skora said she is excited for the different perspectives from the two professors.“It’s one thing to see them lecture on it, but it’s another to see them debate their own craft,” she said.The central question of this debate was originally raised in a Platonic dialogue during the Golden Age of Athens regarding the Greek gods and adapted to Christianity: are good things good because God prefers it, or does God prefer it because it is good? Grove presented the former argument, and Sullivan presented the latter. Each made opening statements, followed by rebuttals, and then opened the discussion to questions from the audience.Sullivan opened the discussion with her argument, saying that God adheres to a moral code.“Being a good judge means you have reasons for the sentences you hand down, and those reasons are based on morally relevant facts,” Sullivan said. “They’re not just based on your whims at a particular moment.”She said that following a moral code does not mean God is any less powerful.“These principles, they’re not things like rocks or trees or even people. They’re necessary laws. And there’s no meaningful sense in which you can create a necessary law,” Sullivan said. “We already believe that there are some facts that could not be otherwise, because all the facts about God are exactly those kinds of facts.”During his opening statement, Grove argued that God is the standard for moral codes.“We have to start this conversation with the question of where goodness comes from,” Grove said. “There’s a temptation to define the goodness of God through some other thing: some property, some exertion. What’s the problem with that? It makes the other circumstances greater than God.”Grove said that the Biblical example of the story of Abraham and Isaac helps show God as the true basis for morality.“If we don’t vest goodness in God’s own self, we miss that shining moment in the story of the binding of Isaac in which Abraham was able to rise above his own self-interest to be governed by the covenant for which he was created,” he said.In the rebuttals, each professor addressed weaknesses in each other’s and their own arguments. In reference to Grove’s argument for a God who does not need to follow a moral code, Sullivan said that is not what is looked for from God.“Surprises are great, but I don’t want moral surprises from God,” Sullivan said.Meanwhile, Grove said that there were issues with Sullivan’s position on how to define good.“The temptation for Abraham is to try and micromanage his covenant, to forget trusting God and take it over himself. This is my worry about Professor Sullivan’s position: that we, by defining the good outside of God, take over the management under the auspices of our own reason.”During the open forum section of the event, topics for questions ranged from the Eucharist to the transfiguration of humans, and even to whether using the term “good” makes this discussion a false question.Tags: Debate, Meghan Sullivan, Philosophical Fight Club, philosophy, Platolast_img read more

Read More →