Con man, actor, child sex offender
A sex offender who held talent show auditions to gain access to children has been jailed for 10 months.
Sean Johnson, sentenced in Galway organised and promoted talent-show auditions around Ireland for children as young as seven.
He had a plausible manner, multiple identities and a dark past
Alexander Matthews, Alexander Quinn and Lexan Reid were just three of the aliases that Sean Johnson used. The 33-year-old performing-arts graduate from Derbyshire, in the English midlands, was articulate and boyish-looking and seemed bright.
But the life he led was at odds with what a judge this week called his very plausible manner. In late January a reporter interviewed Johnson by phone about his life as a homeless man in Cork. He had pitched a tent on scrubland outside the suburb of Douglas.
Johnson said he had ended up there as a result of “a bit of turbulence” in his life, although he expected things to improve soon. He said he was unable to work because he had no identification; it had been stolen, he claimed, from a warehouse in Dublin that he had been staying in.
Asked about his family in Britain, he said that he had been raised by his grandparents, who had died, and that he had no other family to help him now.
Johnson was hesitant about revealing his real identity, giving only the name “Dave” to me, the same name he gave in a radio interview for the local station RedFM. But he did offer his email address, which was under the name Lex Matthews.