Following yesterday's sentencing of Tom Humphries for grooming and sexually abusing an underage girl, details of a case involving a second victim have emerged.
The revelation comes after the leniency of the two-and-a-half year jail sentence handed to the former Irish Times journalist was met with “disgust” from investigating Gardaí and rape crisis charities.
The 54-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act between January 2010 and March 2011, as well as two counts of defilement of the child between December 5, 2010 and February 19, 2011.
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— Dublin Rape Crisis (@DublinRCC) October 25, 2017
The victim was just 16 years of age when the incidents took place.
The maximum sentence for this offence is life imprisonment, and many expected the convicted abuser to be jailed for at least 10 years.
It has now emerged that a second girl was allegedly attacked by Humphries on a number of occasions between March and June 2007.
According to The Irish Independent, senior Gardaí source say the nature of these offences bears a striking similarity to those for which the accused was sentenced for yesterday.