December 2015

Pervert posed as teen named ‘Julie’ on social media to lure schoolgirl to his house for sex

Conor-OKeefe

A pervert had sex with a 15-year-old girl he met after using a fake social media profile to chat with her online.

Conor O’Keefe, 26, posed as a teenage girl called “Julie” on the website Tagged.comand started chatting with his victim.

He later claimed he was Julie’s older brother “Adam” and persuaded the girl to get a taxi to his house in the early hours of the morning, where they had sex.

Dad-of-one O’Keefe, of Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sex with a child in July 2011.

He was found guilty of a further count of sexual exploitation of a child by a jury last month, following a three-day trial.

The court heard that O’Keefe’s partner had given birth to their first child on Sunday

O’Keefe, an apprentice plumber, has no previous convictions and is now on the sex offenders register.

He was 22-year-old at the time of the offences.

Defence counsel, Damien Colgan SC, handed in a probation report and a psychological report. He asked the court to consider non-custodial options.

Judge Sarah Berkeley adjourned sentencing until January 12 next to allow her consider the case.

O’Keefe faces a maximum possible sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

During the trial, the court heard Tagged.com was a social media site where users created personal profiles and chatted to each other. The site allowed children to set up profiles but had a security feature which made them invisible to adult users.

O’Keefe admitted to Gardaí that he set up a profile called “Julie” so he could view the under 18s version of that site.

Garda Lisa Duffy told Fiona Murphy BL, prosecuting, that “Julie” added the girl as a friend in July 2011 and later Julie’s 22-year-old brother called “Adam” messaged the girl using her account.

The victim’s profile said she was 15-years-old and she had told “Julie” she was 15.

Early on the morning of July 30th 2011, “Adam” asked her if they could meet up, she initially said she had no way to get to his house but later took a taxi with “Adam” giving directions on the phone and paying the taxi driver €45 when she arrived.

They went to O’Keefe’s bedroom and talked.

She said he was “bugging” her about giving him oral sex but she refused. She later agreed to have sex.

O’Keefe stopped having sex with her after asking if it was hurting her. Afterwards he fell asleep and drove her home the next morning.

Gda Duffy said the girl later spoke to a relative and gardai were alerted. The girl gave a description of where O’Keefe lived and he was arrested.

O’Keefe accepted he was the person involved and was fully co-operative, answering all questions.