A judge has described the sexual abuse carried out by a caretaker at a GAA grounds in the midlands as disturbing, distasteful and absolutely horrific. 

Judge Keenan Johnson made his comments at Longford Circuit Court at the sentencing of a 63-year-old man who pleaded guilty to over 140 charges of sexual assault, exploitation of children and the possession, production and distribution of child pornography.

The man’s sentencing has been adjourned until 1 June so that further evidence of his psychiatric condition can be made available to the court. 

Earlier, a Detective Sergeant said there was no evidence of a paedophile ring at the GAA grounds in question.

However he added that a European arrest warrant has been issued for a second man who is wanted by gardaí in relation to allegations of sexual assault and child exploitation. 

The court was told the caretaker stuck up a friendship with four children, one of whom came to play at the GAA grounds while he was mitching from school there. 

The abuse started when the boy was just seven years old. 

The child was repeatedly sexually assaulted in a dressing room and on the pitch. 

The caretaker filmed the abuse which went on over an eight-year period and sometimes on a daily basis. 

A Detective Garda investigating the case said that when complaints were made gardaí got a warrant and searched the caretakers home in 2013.

There they found evidence of child pornography and five films of one of the children who was abused. 

The man admitted his guilt when he was confronted by gardaí and pleaded guilty to all charges against him last November.