December 2017

TV producer who was confronted by ‘paedophile hunters’ in Leeds admits sex offences

A television sports producer has admitted sex offences after he was exposed by an online child protection team when he travelled to the UK to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

At Leeds Crown Court today (Dec 18) Kieran Creaven, 55, who is originally from Ballinasloe, but now of Dublin admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming for a sexual purpose and of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, namely kissing and cuddling.

Creaven, who works for the Irish broadcaster RTE, flew from Ireland to Leeds to meet up at The Queens Hotel with the “girl”, who was in fact a fake online identity created by a decoy adult member of the Leeds based ‘Predator Exposure’ group

The offences were said to have taken place from July 1 – when the defendant first contacted the “girl” online – to November 18 when he arrived at the hotel in the city.

The court heard Creaven sent messages of a sexual nature to the girl, as well as an explicit photograph and had travelled from Dublin to Leeds to meet her.

He was released on bail to be sentenced on February 12.