Extradition Hearing Set for Today in Ex GAA Coach Child Abuse Case

Some 15 years after a former GAA coach committed 394 child abuse crimes in the Irish Midlands he has been arrested in New York by Homeland Security in late January.

According to the irishmirror.ie, court documents seen by the Irish Sunday Mirror state Raymond Donlon is accused of abusing one male victim between the age of 11 and 16 and a second from the age of 13 onwards.

Donlon “coached and groomed” his victims, the court document said, describing the abuse as “relentless”. One victim told gardai the assaults occurred “multiple times” a week at a sports ground where the alleged abuser coached underage teams, in the man’s home and in hotel rooms.

The document reads that he gave one victim “a job, gifts, money and trips away from a difficult life” but this “evolved into a pattern of isolation, sexual assault and physical abuse”.

In the end it was registered post to his US apartment near upstate New York that led the Gardai to his arrest with the assistance of the FBI in September 2018.

Now a week on – the court appearance on January 25th saw the defendant visibly weeping into his hands and he was then held in the custody of the US Marshall Service when his request for a later court date was approved and appointed for today, February 1st, 2019.

Authorities in Ireland are seeking extradition so he can stand trial on 394 criminal counts arising from the alleged sexual abuse of two minors.

Later on today’s hearing as we hear of it.

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Written by Jasmine Woolley