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RTÉ producer filmed himself sexually abusing child in the Philippines

A former RTÉ Sports producer has admitted sexually exploiting children in Dublin, along with three counts of sexually assaulting and exploiting children in the Philippines, and possession of child pornography in the UK and Ireland.

The Dublin Criminal Court heard that Kieran Creaven, with an address at Adelaide Street in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, filmed himself sexually abusing a young child in the Philippines seven years ago while other children were in the room.

One of the victims in Dublin was 13 years old, another was in the care of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

RTÉ sacked the sports producer in 2018 after he pleaded guilty to grooming and attempting to engage a child in sexual activity in Leeds Crown Court on 18 December.

Creaven was exposed after he was arrested in Leeds in the UK where he went to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but was in fact walking into a sting organised by a group called Predator Exposure who handed him over to the UK police.

He served nine months in prison in the UK after pleading guilty to an attempt to groom a child for sexual purposes and attempt to engage a child in sexual activity. The investigation was taken over by the Garda National Protective Services Bureau during this time.

Detective Garda Johanna Doyle told the court that Creaven’s home was searched and electronic devices with child abuse material was seized.

Two videos of Creaven sexually abusing a child aged between 10 and 12 in the Philippines were found on a micro SD HD card taken from him in Leeds, the detective, who works with the Online Child Exploitation Unit, said.

Exit and entry visas to and from the Philippines on the producer’s passport correspond with the dates in question, the court heard.

Detective Doyle said that she begged Creaven to tell her who the child in the video was but he refused.

She also told the court that he used two different Facebook accounts to chat to underage children, including a child in the care of Tusla at the time.

Creaven wrote a letter of apology to the judge saying he was deeply ashamed of his actions. He also apologised to his wife and family.

He will be sentenced by video link on Friday 3 December.

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