Tom Humphries has been jailed for two and a half years for sexually abusing a young girl in his Dublin home after grooming her for two years.
The former Irish Times sports journalist first made contact with her in 2008 and went on to send her thousands of sexually-explicit messages.
Tom Humphries was 45 when he first text the girl in December 2008. She was just 14. She told Gardaí she didn't know how he got her number but thought it might have been through his volunteer work with the GAA.
Their text conversations became explicit over time and after two years of regular messaging, he arranged to collect her outside her school one day. The court heard he brought her back to his apartment in Santry in Dublin where they engaged in certain sexual acts.
The fact he initiated the contact, their disparity in age and status and the nature of the sexual activity were all considered as aggravating factors.
Judge Karen O’Connor said the worst of all was the impact his actions have had on the girl.
But she also took into account his guilty pleas as well as his loss of reputation and livelihood.
Before sentencing him to two and a half years in prison, she said the higher the profile and success of a member of a society, the greater the fall.