Ex-school teacher jailed for sexually assaulting nine-year-old boy

Leo Hickey had pleaded not guilty to eight counts

Ex-school teacher jailed for sexually assaulting nine-year-old boy

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A retired school teacher has been jailed for 12 months for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy in the 1990s.

78-year-old Leo Hickey from Realt na Mara, Innishannon in Co Cork had pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sexually assaulting Daniel Kelleher.

The assaults happened at Scoil Eoin Boys National School in Ballincollig in Co Cork between November 1991 and 1992.

He was found guilty in February and was sentenced to three years in jail Tuesday - with the final two years suspended.

In his victim impact statement, Daniel Kelleher said Leo Hickey had ruined his childhood with a devastating impact that continued into adulthood.