Healthcare Volunteer Admits Drugging & Sexually Assaulting Teenagers

A Kildare Man, who cannot be identified, has pleaded guilty to oral rape of one boy and abusing another boy during 2018

The 29-year-old man was a member of a voluntary paramedic organisation and was accused of drugging the boys with a strong pain relief medication. In addition to this admitted to arranging a get together with the child with the aim of sexual exploitation and aiding and facilitating the production of child pornography.

The man is due to be sentenced next Wednesday. He has been suspended from his volunteer position since the accusations were initially made. He was also suspended from a nursing course he was studying at the time which included a placement at a National Children’s Hospital.

The Judge was told that, on one occasion, he assaulted a 15-year-old boy by forcing him to use an oxygen mask to inhale the drug before abusing him. On a different occasion he assaulted the boy and allowed him to be filmed with a camera phone.

He was also accused of assaulting another child on May 18th, 2018 at a place in south Dublin and in the Wicklow mountains. As part of his guilty plea he admitted stealing medicinal items, including a vial of Penthrox and a carbon dioxide chamber from Naas racecourse during 2018. Penthrox is an analgesic normally prescribed by medical practitioners, the Defence Forces, ambulance paramedics, sports clubs and surf lifesavers to alleviate the effects of pain. Administration takes place by using a green whistle to inhale the contents of a vial. Penthrox includes an active ingredient known as Methoxyflurane.

In court medical experts said that Penthrox should not be administered to those who are not yet 18 years of age. There was further evidence who show that the accused removed a filter from the device, something that would cause the drug to be four times stronger and lead to cases of memory loss. The Judge was informed that the defendant’s Internet search history included terms like “nitrous oxide side effects”, “Penthrox and knock out”, and “how much Methoxyflurane does it take to knock you out”.

Counsel for the defence, James Dwyer SC, submitted  plea for mitigation on behalf of his client, saying that the individual regrets his actions and the hurt he caused the boys.