Irish police are investigating a second complaint against the top sports journalist already under investigation over the alleged statutory rape of a teenage girl.

The journalist – named in some papers as Tom Humphries of the Irish Times – is currently undergoing treatment at a Dublin psychiatric hospital.

He can’t be interviewed by police until doctors give the go-ahead but now he faces a second investigation after another girl came forward with a complaint.

According to the Irish Independent, the latest incident happened some time before the alleged rape and involved a different girl who was also mentored by the journalist while she was a member of an underage camogie team.

The second complainant was a member of a different GAA club to the now 16-year-old who has lodged the underage sex allegations against the well known writer.

Senior police officers have confirmed to the Independent that the fresh complaint ‘centers on alleged inappropriate contact between the girl and the journalist, but does not involve rape’.

Officers have already interviewed the girl, now over 18, who approached them after the initial rape allegation was made public.

Police have also said that, while the journalist is likely to remain in hospital for several weeks, they are continuing with their inquiries and interviewing all relevant persons while awaiting his discharge to be authorized by doctors.

The paper also claims that the suspect is likely to be arrested when he leaves hospital and questioned about the complaints before any decision is made to send a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

If the journalist is charged and convicted of statutory rape, he faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.


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