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Gardai on alert after sex offender moves to Dundalk

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Gardai on alert after sex offender moves to Dundalk

Ciaran James McAuley

A 29-year-old ex-boxer who previously sexually assaulted a nine-year-old boy has fled Belfast over fears he would be targeted by "vigilantes" and is now living in Dundalk. 

The Irish Sun reports that gardai are on high alert after learning that Ciaran James McAuley is now in Louth after he was released from custody in the North. 

McAuley is now being monitored closely by gardai as part of the conditions of his release. 

It has been reported that an alert has been sent to all Garda stations to warn officers that the man, who will be on the sex offenders register until 2025, is now living in Co Louth. 

Under his release conditions, McAuley has to notify gardai of his location. 

He had previously represented Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in 2006. 

The Belfast man received a two-year sentence in 2015 after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy. 

McAuley attacked the young boy in a north Belfast alleyway in 2014 as the boy and a friend were walking home from a funfair. 

During the trial, Judge Gordon Kerry described the 29-year-old as "dangerous with a high risk of re-offending".

McAuley has also received one year sentence after pleading guilty to sending a teenage boy images of his body parts. 

During the aforementioned trial, the court heard that McAuley had also asked the boy to send him a picture of his genitals.