Former garda gets six months for indecent assault on boys

A former garda and scout master, who abused young boys when he was in charge of a special scout troop for disabled children, has been jailed for six months.

John 'Jack' Dunne, formerly based at Pearse Street Garda station in Dublin, admitted 14 counts of indecent assault on boys in Dublin between 1963 and 1969.

Limerick Circuit Court heard that two of Dunne’s victims were polio sufferers, whom he groomed through his work with a group of disabled scouts.

The 82 year-old from Canon Breen Park, Thomondgate, Limerick, indecently assaulted two of his victims at Pearse Street Garda station, where he worked as juvenile liaison officer, while other indecent assaults took place at scout camps in Dublin and Waterford and in his car, after he dropped the boys home from scout meetings.

Judge Carroll Moran suspended the final 18-months of a two-year jail sentence, and added that Dunne should serve six months in prison "to reflect the awful things he did."

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