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Ex-RTÉ producer pleads guilty to child sex abuse charges

Kieran Creaven has pleaded guilty to child sex abuse offenses in Ireland, the UK and the Philippines.

The former RTÉ sports producer appeared via video link in the Dublin Central Criminal Court this morning, replying guilty to ten charges of child abuse, which included sexually exploiting three children in Dublin, possession of child pornography both in Ireland and the UK, and three counts of sexual assault and exploitation relating to children in the Philippines.

Creaven, with an address at Adelaide Street, Dún Laoghaire, was remanded in custody until sentencing in July.

The former broadcaster had worn PPE, including a facemask and goggles to hearings in November 2020, where Detective Garda Johanna Doyle said a 2017 search of his home had resulted in the seizure of a large number of electronic devices containing pictures and videos of children.

In 2018 the 58-year-old was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Leeds Crown Court for child sex offenses after he attempted to groom and meet a 13-year-old girl, only to be caught a vigilante group who set up the fictitious profile.

The court heard that Creaven had been living in a “cyber world of pornography”, whilst his wife said he had been “in a dark place” for years at that point.

A spokesperson for the Predator Exposure vigilante group told reporters at that hearing that Creaven “will be spending tonight in jail which makes our work appreciated.”

“So we are happy in a way but it should have been life.”

It is understood that Creaven has been unemployed since his release.

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