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Member of scouts in Ireland to have case considered by DPP

Conor Trindle
16 Feb 2020, 17:40 GMT+10

CO CORK, Ireland - An investigation is continuing into sexual offenses alleged to have been carried over three decades by a person associated with Scouting Ireland.

The investigation, sparked by a number of complaints, and has been underway for a some time, reached a pivotal point on Friday when the individual concerned, a man in his 70s, was arrested. He was initially detained at Togeher Garda Station prior to being released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecution.

As part of the investigation garda from the Protective Services Unit in Cork city, with the assistance of local officers, carried out four searches at properties in Co. Cork and one in Co. Kerry. During the searches investigators seized documentation, electronic devices and computers.

An Garda Sochna, in a statement released on Saturday, said they are continuing to liaise with the review group and Tusla in relation to the matter.

Each and every complaint made to An Garda Sochna, the organisation says, will be investigated with professionalism and compassion. An Garda Sochna is appealing to any victim(s) who have not yet come forward to make a complaint at their local Garda station or via the confidential historical abuse phone line at 1800 555 222.

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