Boy Warned He Could Be Jailed...


Boy Warned He Could Be Jailed If He Contacts Former Teacher

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

05:10 21 Jun 2022

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A boy has been warned he could go to jail if he ever again contacts a former teacher of his, whom he anonymously sent explicit photos and videos to.

At his sentence hearing, the judge was told the Dublin teenager became obsessed with her and also sent her threatening messages online over the course of a year.

The court heard the woman taught the boy in his first year of secondary school and over the next few years, he became sexually attracted to and obsessed with her.

When he was 15 years old, he started sending her anonymous and sexually explicit images online.

He became obsessed with sourcing photos of her and when he couldn’t find any more online, he set up a fake social media account to try and trick her friends into sending more.

The teacher had no idea who was behind this harassment and was shocked when gardai discovered his identity after she eventually made a complaint.

Neither she, nor the boy, can be identified by court order.

The judge told him he put her through a “year of misery” and described his behaviour as “outrageous” but decided against sending him to prison because of his age at the time, instead handing down a fully suspended two-year sentence.

Reporting by Frank Greaney

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