28 March 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A MONAGHAN MAN who is unable to control his sexual behaviour after suffering damage to the frontal lobe of his brain has received a five-year jail sentence for inviting two schoolgirls to take part in a sexual act with him.

Peter Clarke (69) of O’Neill St, Carrickmacross was found guilty of two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, contrary to section 3 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act after a trial at Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court last September.

Clarke, who has a previous address at Tully, Corcreaghy, Dundalk, Co Louth had denied inviting the then first year students to participate in a sexual act at a location in Dundalk on September 9, 2011.
Judge Rory MacCabe, sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on Monday, said that Clarke “presents as being predatory and at the same time vulnerable”.

He noted he is at a high risk of similar offending whether in the community or in custody and imposed a five-year prison sentence to begin from the date of conviction on 24th September 2013.

The judge suspended the final three years for three years, on condition that Clarke complies with all directions of the Probation Services.

Garda Ronan Costello told Kevin Segrave BL, prosecuting, that the two 12-year-old girls were sitting outside a cafe during a break from school when Clarke approached them.
He agreed that Clarke went up to them and made a “colloquial” invitation to sexual activity after placing a five euro note on the table. He walked away but came back and repeated the invitation before driving off in a green Jaguar car.
Gardai tracked him down by tracing the distinctive car and Clarke said he

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