Close

Follow Lovin IE

"Popular" Irish Musician Arrested For Alleged 'Child Grooming' Incident

By Darragh Berry

January 28, 2018 at 11:26am

Share:

The Irish Mirror states that a man - who was arrested after allegedly going to meet up with a 14-year-old for sex - was a former member of a "popular Irish band".

The man is believed to have used a false name and exchanged messages on Grindr. 

A PSNI spokesman said: “Police arrested a 32-year-old male in the Glengall Street area of Belfast on Tuesday January, 16 on suspicion of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and attempted sexual communication with a child. The man was interviewed at Musgrave station before being released on bail pending further police inquiries.”

The man in questioned  "asked sexual questions including asking the size of [the boy's] penis," while also stating that they could do stuff in the car.

He also asked if the boy's younger brother - who was 12 - would like to join in.

Both boy's were decoy accounts. 

The Irish Independent reported ten days ago that a vigilante group in the north of the country caught a man who intended to have sex with a minor. 

The man - who travelled from Dublin to Belfast - had sent the boy a number of messages but the child was in fact an 'adult decoy' set up by the group. 

When the group confronted the man, they said that he "assaulted a number of members", as well as yelling for help.

A video of the group confronting him was recorded live and was posted to social media.

READ NEXT: Here Is A List Of The Best Secondary Schools In Ireland

Share:

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get the best of your city straight to your inbox.

I'd like to receive news and exclusive offers from Lovin IE including competitions, products, commercial partners and activities. By submitting this form you agree to our T&Cs and our privacy policy