An RTÉ television sports producer has pleaded guilty at a court in England today to grooming and trying to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Kieran Creaven, whose address cannot be published by order of the court, admitted the offences at Leeds Crown Court.

The 55-year-old was arrested and charged last month.

The offences took place between 17 July and 18 November this year.

Creaven spoke to confirm his name, nationality and date of birth in court today

His defence counsel said he would be pleading guilty and when the charges were read out to him he replied guilty to each one.

The judge told him he would get credit for his early plea when he returned for sentencing next year on 12 February.

Creaven was arrested after he was detained by a group calling itself Predator Exposure, whose members were in court today.

The group communicated online with him, pretending to be a 13-year-old child when in fact they were adults.

Creaven's defence counsel asked for disclosure of the exchange of messages between him and the group, which were now in the possession of the police.

He said they would help with the psychologist's report and there were aspects of the case which were not accepted.

Creaven was released on bail. Conditions include that he reside at the address given to the court, that he have no unsupervised contact with children under 16, and that he make available to British police when asked any devices with internet capability

Creaven is an RTÉ television sports producer. He was the editor of RTÉs racing coverage but also worked at many high-profile international events including the Olympics and the European soccer championships. 

He is currently suspended.