Updated: 20/11/17 : 13:01:48
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RTÉ producer in UK court on grooming a child for sexual activity charge

A RTÉ television sports producer has appeared in court accused of grooming a child for sexual activity in the UK.

Kieran Creaven is said to have flown from Dublin to Leeds to meet up at the The Queens Hotel with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, but in fact was a fake online identity created by so-called paedophile hunters.

Married Creaven, 55, appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court today where he was charged with attempting to meet a child following grooming and attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, namely kissing and cuddling.

The court heard the offences were said to have taken place from July 1 - when the defendant first contacted the "girl" - to November 18 when he arrived at the hotel.

No indication to pleas was given as Creaven, of Dublin, was bailed to appear at Leeds Crown Court on December 12.

His bail conditions are that he resides at an address in Ireland given to the court, has no unsupervised contact with any child aged under 16 and, if requested by police, to supply any device that is internet-enabled.

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