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Irish Times writer Tom Humphries

Police to search newspaper offices of alleged sex offender

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Irish Times writer Tom Humphries

Police are to search the newspaper office where suspected underage sex offender Tom Humphries worked.

Humphries, one of Ireland’s top sports columnists, is under suspicion of having unlawful sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl.

The Irish News of the World reports that cops have already obtained a search office for the Irish Times building. The paper reports that the Computer Crime Investigation Unit plans to seize the computer used by Humphries at the central Dublin office.

Forensic experts are also to question the paper’s IT department about any evidence that may be on their computer systems.

A police source told the News of the World: “We’ve already searched his apartment and analysed his home computer and texts and pictures from his mobile phones.

“We’re now about to search his place of work.”

The search of the office comes two weeks after the News of the World revealed that Humphries was at the center of complaints of sexual abuse from a teenage girl.

According to the paper: “Cops are now investigating claims that the best selling author began grooming the girl when she was just 14 and first had sex with her when she was 16.”

The girl was not connected to the St Vincent’s club on Dublin’s Northside where former member Humphries acted as a mentor to an underage girls camogie team.

The club is to co-operate with police in their investigations as they wait to interview Humphries.

The renowned author is currently under medical supervision at a Dublin psychiatric hospital after reports that he twice tried to take his own life in recent weeks.

Named as the journalist involved in the case by the Sunday World and the Sun in the past week, father of two Humphries will be interviewed by officers from the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit on his release from hospital.

The News of the World revealed a fortnight ago that Humphries’ wife reported him to police after his daughter found explicit texts and photos on a mobile phone.

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