A MAN charged with masturbating on a video call with a child appeared before a sitting of Carlow District Court last Wednesday. The man aged in his 20s faces charges of using information and communication technology to facilitate the sexual exploitation of a child and masturbating during a video call with a child at an unknown location in the district court area of Carlow on 21 October 2018.
Detective Garda Joe O’Keeffe gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution after he met the defendant by appointment earlier that morning. The defendant, who has a Limerick address, made no reply after being cautioned. The man cannot be identified after Judge Geraldine Carthy imposed reporting restrictions.
There were no objections to bail by gardaí. Directions from the DPP were for the cases to be dealt with summarily in the district court on the basis of a guilty plea being entered.
Judge Geraldine Carthy accepted jurisdiction and adjourned the case until 16 June for a plea to be entered.