Raymond “Ray” Donlon, a former Midlands GAA photographer, charged with a total of 394 criminal counts, including 201 counts of sexual assault in Ireland.

An Irishman, Raymond “Ray” Donlon, is due to face extradition proceedings at a New York court today on a total of 394 criminal counts, including 201 counts of and 177 counts of rape, involving two youths in Ireland between 2004 and 2009.

The abuse took place at a GAA grounds in the Midlands of Ireland. Donlon formerly worked as a GAA photographer and worked at the grounds.

The accused moved to the United States in 2013. He was arrested on Jan 17 in New York last week by the Department of Homeland Security, with assistance from Guilderland police. He remained in custody ahead of his extradition hearing.

Ray Donlon (Twitter)

Ray Donlon (Twitter)

The Daily Gazette, who names the man as Raymond ‘Ray’ Donlon, added that “in September, the Irish Garda police service requested assistance from U.S. Homeland Security to apprehend him.”

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.”

Donlon allegedly fled Ireland for the United States in 2013 after he was charged. His public Twitter and Facebook accounts have not been updated since November of that year.

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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 2000s, Ray Donlon has become one of the most well-recognized 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.”