March 2009

Man jailed after admitting child rape and series of sex assaults

Jeremiah O’Callaghan (54) from the Clontarf estate in Blackrock, Cork, was jailed at the Central Criminal Court after admitting one charge of rape and nine sample charges of sexually assaulting the victims between 1990 and 2002.

O’Callaghan began abusing a girl when she was 13, and she awoke to find him touching her. Similar incidents occurred eight or nine times over the next year before O’Callaghan left with the Irish Army for Lebanon. The girl called him a “monster” in her victim impact statement.

O’Callaghan later began a relationship with the mother of the other two victims and moved into their home. E awoke one night when she was 11 to find him touching her. It happened again two months later and continued almost nightly.

The rape occurred at a time when O’Callaghan had moved out of their mother’s house but saw the girls regularly. He was driving E home and said he had to stop by his house. Inside, he locked the door and raped her as she tried to fight him off.

O’Callaghan began abusing J in January 1998 when she was aged 11 up until January 2002. She told gardai he would make her touch him. Once, he tried to rape her but she escaped.

Mr Justice Paul Carney ordered that O’Callaghan be under supervision for seven years after his release, but took account of the fact that the accused had reported himself and showed genuine remorse.