A 39-year-old entertainer and broadcaster has appeared in court charged with three counts of defilement of a child.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Dublin between 12 and 13 years ago.

The man was arrested by officers from a Divisional Protective Services Bureau on Tuesday morning and brought before the Dublin District Court.

He is accused of engaging in a sexual act, oral sex, with a child who was under 17 years of age on 14 December 2010 and on two other occasions on an unknown date in 2010 and on an unknown date between August 2010 and 23 January 2011.

A detective garda gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and told the court that the accused made no reply to the charges.

The court was told that the DPP has directed trial on indictment or that the case can be sent forward on signed pleas of guilty.

Judge John Brennan imposed reporting restrictions following an application by the man's lawyer.

He was granted bail on his own bond of €500 and on condition that he has no contact with the injured party.

There was no application for legal aid.

The man has been remanded on bail to appear again at the Dublin District Court next month.