An Irishman in New York is facing extradition charges in relation to hundreds of sex offense charges in his native Ireland.
RTE reports that the man was arrested by US Homeland Security in the town of Guilderland in upstate New York and appeared in court on January 17.
The Daily Gazette, who names the man as Raymond ‘Ray’ Donlon, adds that “in September, the Irish Garda police service requested assistance from U.S. Homeland Security to apprehend him.”
Donlon is charged with 210 counts of sexual assault and 177 counts of rape in Ireland between the years of 2004 and 2009.
The Irish Post reports that Donlon “is alleged to have coached and groomed the two victims – one from the age of 11 to 16, and the other starting at age 13.”
He will be facing an extradition hearing on January 25 and will remain in police custody until then.
In Ireland, Donlon was a popular photographer at GAA matches in the Midlands region.
Donlon's professional website reads: “From humble beginnings in the early 2000's, Ray Donlon has become one of the most well recognised names in sports photography in the midlands covering events in Co Longford and surrounding areas on a daily basis. Feel free to browse through our archive of 300,000 plus images. Real Action. Real Drama. Real Time.”