Updated: 26/06/17 : 13:00:16
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Humphries to be sentences for sexual abuse of minor

Former Irish Times sports journalist Tom Humphries will be sentenced next month for the sexual exploitation and defilement of a child.

The 54-year-old pleaded guilty to the offences last March but could not be publicly named on that date because he was facing trial for further sexual offences.

This morning those charges were dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions. Humphries was present in court for the short hearing.

The Irish Times reports that Humphries of Sutton in Dublin 13 pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to six counts of abuse of a girl under the age of 17.

The charges comprise of two counts of defilement of a child in Dublin between December 5th 2010 and February 19th 2011 and of four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act between January 2010 and March 2011.

This morning, Monday, prosecuting counsel, Shane Costelloe SC, told Judge Karen O’Connor that the State is entering a “nolle prosequi” on three further charges involving a separate girl, meaning the charges are not being proceeded with.

There was no objection from Humphries’s defence counsel, Hugh Hartnett SC.

Mr Costelloe requested that a sentence date be fixed for late next month before the court’s summer recess. He said the sentence hearing will take half a day.

Mr Hartnett requested that his client be excused from further case management dates for health reasons. The judge refused this application.

Judge O’Connor adjourned the matter until later on Monday when she will fix a sentence date.