RTÉ producer pleads guilty to child grooming charges

Kieran Creaven was arrested in England last month

RTÉ producer pleads guilty to child grooming charges

Kieran Creaven | Image: RTÉ

Updated: 10.50

RTÉ sports producer Kieran Creaven has admitted to sex offences at a court appearance in England.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of grooming a child and another charge of inciting a child to carry out a sexual act.

Leeds Crown Court heard in both cases the child was 13, and that in both cases Mr Creaven believed the child was not over the legal age of consent in Britain - which is 16.

He has been remanded on his own bail to appear back in court in Leeds on February 12th next year, when he will be sentenced.

The court also heard that Mr Creaven is disputing one aspect of the case, in which it was alleged he wanted the person he believed to be a child to stay over in a hotel with him.

He appeared in court, after he was confronted by so-called paedophile hunters when he travelled to the UK to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

The vigilante group, called Predators Exposed, carry out stings using fake social media profiles to pose as children.

On November 20th, the 54-year-old - with an address in Dublin - was charged in Leeds Magistrates Court on two counts.

RTÉ says it has suspended him from duty pending the outcome of the case.