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RTÉ producer Kieran Creaven admits child sex offences in Leeds court

Dave Higgens, Press Association

A television sports producer has admitted sex offences after he was confronted by so-called paedophile hunters when he travelled to England to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

At Leeds Crown Court today Kieran Creaven (55) admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming for a sexual purpose and of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, namely kissing and cuddling.

Creaven, who works for RTÉ, flew from Ireland to Leeds to meet up at The Queens Hotel with the "girl", who was in fact a fake online identity created by a group of so-called paedophile hunters.

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

He was released on bail to be sentenced on February 12.

 

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