A former RTÃ producer who assaulted and sexually exploited young children filmed himself abusing a child in the Philippines, a court has heard.
In a letter of apology, Kieran Creaven, who is no longer employed by RTÃ, said he was glad he was arrested as it pulled him out of the “dark and disturbing spiral” his mind was in. Between.
The 59-year-old former sports producer pleaded guilty to offenses in the UK in 2017.
He was arrested in Leeds following an undercover operation by a vigilante group as he attempted to meet a child for sexual activity. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
GardaÃ charged him last year with a number of offenses relating to child exploitation, sexual assault and possession of child pornography.
Creaven, of Adelaide Street, DÃºn Laoghaire, Dublin, pleaded guilty to ten counts, including four of child exploitation, two of child sexual assault and four of child pornography.
The offenses took place in Ireland, the UK and the Philippines in 2014 and 2017. He has been in custody since October last year and appeared by video link for his sentencing hearing yesterday in Circuit Criminal Court of Dublin.
Detective Garda Johanna Doyle told prosecuting Kerida Naidoo SC that Creaven’s Dublin home was raided in 2017 upon her arrest in the UK and a number of devices were seized.
GardaÃ also made inquiries from online businesses such as Facebook, Skype and PayPal.
Two videos were found on a memory card, which showed Creaven filming himself sexually assaulting a girl aged 10 to 12 in the Philippines in 2014, the court said.
Sometimes another adult present took over the recording.
Creaven was identifiable by his “signature tattoos” and his face was clearly visible in parts of the videos, which were 15 minutes and six minutes long, respectively, the court said. The videos were shot on October 12 and 16, 2014 and involved the same child.
A baby under a year old was present the first time and could be seen lying in the same bed as the child Creaven was abusing.
GardaÃ found recordings of a Skype conversation between Creaven and an account in the Philippines in November 2017. During this conversation, Creaven paid â¬ 40 to view a child’s private parts.
He later told the adult who was managing the account that he was having trouble with his credit card and asked for his address to send money to.
GardaÃ discovered that Creaven also had sexual conversations with three children on Facebook in Ireland in June and July 2017. One of the three children, then 16, was in Tusla’s care at the time, learned the tribunal.
He said to one of the kids, âAfter reviewing your photo, I’m a few years older than you, so I probably shouldn’t send you a message. My intentions are 100% bad, ha. ‘ He sent the children sexual pictures, graphic stories and videos.
One of the children – a 14-year-old boy who was on Facebook as a girl – told gardaÃ he almost threw up when Creaven sent him an explicit video. The boy quit Facebook after that and never reopened the account.
A USB drive seized at Creaven in the UK was found to contain images and videos of child abuse, including one involving a two-year-old toddler.
There was no victim impact and impact statement in court. Retail Gda Doyle told the court that when Creaven was questioned by GardaÃ in 2019, she “begged” him to give her more information about the child’s identity in the Philippines. He made no comment during this interview.
However, Creaven met the detective in prison earlier this year and provided him with more information about the child. Despite this, she has not been identified.
Creaven has no previous convictions except for the two convictions he received in the UK in 2017, the court said.
Defending Lorcan Staines SC said his client felt remorse and showed insight in his breach. His arrest was a “watershed moment,” he said. Creaven is in therapy and is seeing a psychologist, Mr Staines said.
“He was clearly in the Philippines to engage in such sexual activity,” he said.
Creaven opted not to be released on bail in October 2020 and has been cooperating with gardaÃ and the probation service since returning to Ireland after serving his prison sentence in the UK, the lawyer said.
His marriage broke up when his crimes came to light and he is now divorced. âHe lost his marriage because of his offensive behavior,â Mr. Staines said.
âHe lost his career because of his offensive behavior. He lost his reputation due to his offensive behavior.
“He has been and will be vilified in public for the appalling crimes he committed.”
In his letter to the court, Creaven said he wished to offer his sincere apologies to those he hurt, especially the girl in the Philippines for her “heinous behavior”.
“I know I have done despicable acts,” he wrote. He said he was happy to have been arrested in 2017. “It pulled me out of the dark and disturbing spiral that my mind had entered that was slowly taking control of my life,” he said. declared. âI am responsible for my actions and I accept I must pay for my crimes,â he wrote.
Judge Melanie Greally will convict Creaven on December 3.