Late charity chief alleged to have sexually assaulted men, report says

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Late Charity Chief Alleged To Have Sexually Assaulted Men, Report Says
Anthony Flynn, co-founder of Inner City Helping Homeless. Photo: PA
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The former chief executive of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) is alleged to have sexually assaulted men for whom he had secured accommodation through the homeless charity, according to an internal report.

Anthony Flynn, who died in tragic circumstances last month, was under investigation by gardaí in relation to two alleged sexual assaults. In recent weeks others have claimed they had also been sexually assaulted.

David Hall, former chair of the charity’s board, prepared a 12-page report into ICHH’s handling of the controversy. The report, seen by The Irish Times, was sent to the charity on Thursday evening.

Two of the men allegedly sexually assaulted by Mr Flynn had previously been “accommodated by the CEO” in temporary rental housing provided by the charity, the report states.

Mr Flynn was a founder of the charity, which ran outreach programmes working with homeless people in Dublin’s north inner city. He was also an Independent councillor on Dublin City Council.

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The report outlined the two initial allegations being investigated by gardaí were of “serious sexual assault” in May this year, one of which involved an “extremely vulnerable” man in his 20s. It was alleged the man was sexually assaulted after he was brought to Mr Flynn’s home at night by taxi.

Mr Hall said a review of the charity’s files confirmed the individual was a client of ICHH, who had previously been housed “at the CEO’s request” in a rental apartment.

The second sexual assault allegation related to an incident 13 days later, involving another man, who was brought to the former chief executive’s home by taxi.

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The report states that after the allegations were reported to gardaí, Mr Flynn’s house was searched and a number of his electronic devices were seized. Gardaí believed the ICHH taxi account was used to bring one of the men to Mr Flynn’s home, it adds.

In early August the charity received an email from an individual, stating gardaí were investigating a member of staff over alleged sexual assault. The report said Mr Flynn “denied any knowledge of any such investigation into any member of ICHH staff”.

Following the email Mr Hall contacted gardaí, who informed him of the ongoing investigation into Mr Flynn, at which point he was suspended from the charity. A week later Mr Flynn was found dead in his home.

Members of the charity, including its board, are to discuss Mr Hall’s report in the coming days. Barrister Remy Farrell SC has also been appointed to conduct a review into the controversy.

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