Raymond Donlon faces nearly 400 counts of sexual assault against a minor in Ireland
A New York prosecutor has said that Irish authorities have provided enough evidence to warrant the extradition of Raymond ‘Ray’ Donlon back to his native Ireland.
The Independent reports that a 17-page court filing on behalf of US Attorney Grant Jaquith reveals the amount of evidence being leveraged against Donlon who left Ireland for the US in 2013.
The filing shows that Irish authorities presented American authorities with “summaries of lengthy statements made by the alleged victims, references to the statements of corroborating witnesses, and descriptions of corroborating physical evidence seized from the suspect's home.”
In Ireland, Donlon was charged with 210 counts of sexual assault, 177 counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, three counts of assault causing harm, one count each of false imprisonment, damage to property, and harassment.
The numerous crimes were allegedly committed between 2004 and 2009. At the time, the Co Longford man was coaching local GAA teams as well as working as a photographer for GAA matches.
Irish police heard from two separate victims, one in November 2012 and another in September 2013, about the alleged abuse suffered at the hands of Donlon. One victim detailed the "relentless sexual abuse" allegedly inflicted upon him by Donlon who was the victim's GAA coach at the time between 2004 and 2006.
Donlon has been in police custody in New York since January 16 and has been assigned legal representation. He is due to appear in court again on February 1. It is not known if Donlon plans to fight the extradition attempt.