A Swedish man in his 40s who tried to coerce an 11-year-old girl to go for a walk with him in the woods has been jailed for a year.
Magnus Nordell, formerly of Manor Close, Rochestown in Cork City pleaded guilty to one count of coercion.
The offence occurred at a location in Cork city on the morning of 27 July, 2020.
Detective Garda Brian Murphy told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the young girl was playing camogie near her home when the 42-year-old approached her.
He made inappropriate comments involving her going for a walk in the woods with him.
The girl became distressed and ran home to her mother who followed the man, later identified as Mr Nordell, and took a picture.
Det Garda Murphy told Judge Sean O'Donnabhain that the child became physically sick after the incident.
The mother of the victim called gardaí and a search was carried out of the area by the Armed Support Unit.
Inquiries were carried out and Mr Nordell was subsequently interviewed by gardaí.
He admitted talking to the girl. However, he downplayed the incident.
Det Garda Murphy said that Mr Nordell told gardaí that it was a "misunderstanding".
He indicated that Mr Nordell, who works in IT, had no previous convictions either in Ireland or his native country.
He said the 42-year-old described himself to gardaí as being a "highly sensitive person" who was an incel.
Det Garda Murphy told the court that an incel was a member of an online subculture of involuntary celibates who define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one.
Barrister Sinead Behan said that her client had fully cooperated with gardaí and had returned to the jurisdiction from Sweden to face the case.
Ms Behan said that the plea in the case was of immense benefit and that her client intended to leave the jurisdiction after the sentencing hearing.
Mr Nordell issued an apology to the victim in the case.
Ms Behan said that her client had always been gainfully employed and was "extremely remorseful" for his actions.
She indicated that a picture of Mr Nordell had widely circulated on social media after the incident.
A victim impact statement was handed in to the judge. It was not read in open court.
Judge Sean O'Donnabhain said that the young girl had gone through a "truly frightening experience".
"This little girl was playing innocently when her innocence was taken from her. The plea is helpful and he co-operated and is remorseful. But this is a serious incident. A non-custodial sentence is not adequate.
"This girl was innocently playing in the middle in the day and what has occurred has had significant ongoing effects."
Judge O'Donnabhain jailed Mr Nordell for two years suspending the final year of the sentence on condition that he leave the jurisdiction upon his release and not return for a period of five years.
He directed that Nordell receive medical attention in prison after his barrister expressed concern for his welfare following his incarceration.