Irish man appears in UK court accused of grooming a child for sexual activity

Kieran Creaven (55), who is an employee of RTÉ, was arrested and taken into police custody on Saturday

Irish man appears in UK court accused of grooming a child for sexual activity

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Updated 13.00

An RTÉ sports producer has appeared in court accused of grooming a child for sexual activity.

55-year-old Kieran Creaven is said to have flown from Ireland to Leeds to meet up at the The Queens Hotel with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, but in fact was a fake online identity created by so-called paedophile hunters.

The married man appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court today where he was charged with attempting to meet a child following grooming and attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, namely kissing and cuddling.

The court heard the offences were said to have taken place from July 1st - when the defendant first contacted the "girl" - to November 18th when he arrived at the hotel.

He was given bail and is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on December 12th.

His bail conditions are that he resides at an address in Ireland given to the court, has no unsupervised contact with any child aged under 16 and, if requested by police, to supply any device that is internet-enabled.