Kerry badminton champion who paid mothers to let him abuse their children to be sentenced

A Kerry badminton champion who admitted paying women for access to their children for his sexual gratification, is to be sentenced on Thursday, along with a woman who received money from Duggan for allowing him to obtain her young daughter and son.

Timmy Duggan (35) with an address at Mountain Lodge, Annagh, Tralee, has pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including sexually exploiting and sexually assaulting young children. The woman cannot be named to protect her children’s identities.

Duggan, a four-time Kerry county badminton champion, was previously returned for trial on a total of 47 counts of child sexual offenses, arising out of four separate Garda investigations, but entered early guilty pleas in each prosecution.

In one of the four cases, Duggan and the mother of a young boy and girl who were given to Duggan for his own sexual gratification, had initially been returned for trial on a total of 54 offenses.

Duggan and the woman pleaded guilty to “organizing the production of child pornography; obtaining and producing a child for the purpose of sexual exploitation; causing a child to be trafficked or taken for the purpose of sexual exploitation, possession of child pornography”.

According to the charge sheets, Duggan paid the mother of the young boy and girl a total of €3,350 to use them for his own sexual gratification. The payments were made via an online bank transfer in staggered amounts of €300, €250; €200, €150, €100 and €50.

In the same case, Duggan admitted offering or promising to pay money to two other young girls for the purpose of child sexual exploitation. All of the offenses occurred in Co. Kerry, on dates between January 2018 and October 2019.

Further cases

In a second separate case, Duggan pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly possessing three child sexual abuse images, which gardaí found on his mobile phone, at a Limerick garda station, on April 28, 2016.

Duggan pleaded guilty to an additional charge that he encouraged or knowingly caused activity for the distribution, publication, exportation, sale or show of child pornography, at an address in Limerick, on dates between July 2015 and April 2016.

In this second case, a female co-accused was charged with one count of sexually exploiting a young boy, namely her son, in Kerry on dates between July 2015 and April 2016.

She was also charged with three counts, at addresses in Kerry, of knowingly producing child pornography – including in the form of text messages in which the sexual assault of children – for the purpose of distribution, publication, exporting, sale or show, between July 2015 and April 2016.

In a third separate case Duggan pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly possessing child pornography, as well as admitting seven counts of sexually exploiting two young girls in Limerick, on dates in April 2016.

In a fourth unrelated case, Duggan pleaded guilty to nine offenses, including paying the mother of a young girl for access to her daughter for his sexual gratification; inducing the young girl to touch him in an inappropriate way, and sexually assaulting the girl.

In this case, Duggan also admitted paying another woman for access to the same girl; he also pleaded guilty to engaging in a sex act with another person when a child was present, in order to obtain sexual gratification from the presence of the child.

None of the women can be named to protect the identity of the young victims, who along with their siblings, have been placed in the care of the State.

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