Parents fears as rapist sets up home in Abbeylara

Parents fears as rapist sets up home in Abbeylara
Villagers in Abbeylara have expressed their dismay at the news that a convicted rapist has set up home within their community.

Villagers in Abbeylara have expressed their dismay at the news that a convicted rapist has set up home within their community.

The man, who is aged in his mid 50s and originally from Dublin, moved into the rural surrounds of the north Longford village in recent weeks.

Little was known about the man when it emerged he had purchased a small cottage not far from St Bernard’s National School and the village’s local church.

That was until news filtered through of the Dubliner’s criminal past which includes a conviction for rape and producing child pornography.

In recent weeks up to 80 people attended a public meeting where details of the sex offender’s various crimes were outlined.

It’s understood the man was released from prison a number of years ago after serving time for the sex offences.

In June 2003, while serving a life sentence for rape which was reduced on appeal, he was sentenced to five years in prison for producing child pornography.

Before moving to Abbeylara, it is believed the man spent time living in Dublin and Wicklow.

The Leader further understands the convicted sex offender purchased his modest sized cottage from its previous owners who knew nothing of his past.

“When we found out about him, the whole village just went into shock,” said local resident Trevor Henry.

“There is a constant fear and shadow over Abbeylara.”

It is understood gardai are monitoring the situation but remain satisfied the man is complying with statutory legislation.