From Ireland to Guilderland

Updated: Feb 10

Feds End Run of Accused Emerald Isle Sex-Offender

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. — The hunt for a former Irish coach and suspected sexual predator ended here on Jan. 16, 2019.

That’s where federal agents arrested Raymond Donlon at the Irish government’s request, according to federal prosecutors. The government of Ireland is trying to extradite Donlon to face hundreds of criminal charges there.

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police service, collaborated to catch suspected sexual predator Raymond Donlon in Guilderland, N.Y. on Jan. 16, 2019.
U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police service, collaborated to catch suspected sexual predator Raymond Donlon in Guilderland, N.Y. on Jan. 16, 2019.

Those charges under Irish law — 394 counts in all — include rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment, assault causing harm and harassment (see “A Sampling of Sex Crimes,” below). Donlon allegedly committed the crimes against two male minors while working at Pearse Park Sporting Ground, a small stadium owned by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Longford, Ireland.

Prosecutors filed three sealed exhibits with the complaint, which is based on diplomatic notes and other Irish government documents.

“The victims have provided independent statements detailing serious and repeated abuses suffered at the hands of Donlon,” prosecutors stressed in the complaint. “The victims’ statements are internally and independently corroborated.”

Venue for Abuse

The GAA is a community-based, volunteer organization that includes members of all ages who play team sports like hurling and Gaelic football. Donlon had “significant involvement in the local GAA scene,” according to the complaint.

“Between 2004 and 2009, Donlon was well-known within the small local community in which the offenses occurred, and in particular within the local sporting community,” the document said. “Donlon coached underage teams and also assisted as a photographer and office administrator at Pearse Park.”

Donlon came into contact with the two males at the park, where he committed many of the crimes, according to the document. The complaint identifies the minor males with the initials “CM” and “TK,” and indicates that Donlon “groomed” them.

“Grooming is a method of building trust with a child and adults around the child in an effort to gain access to and time alone with her/him,” according to the Department of Justice. “The offender may assume a caring role, befriend the child, or even exploit their position of trust and authority to groom the child and/or the child’s family.”

Donlon’s first victim was TK, according to the complaint.

“Donlon coached and groomed victim TK from the age of at least 12, giving him a job, gifts, money and trips away from a difficult home life,” the document alleges.

In 2004, after TK turned 13, Donlon’s treatment of him turned too — devolving into “isolation, sexual assault and physical abuse,” according to the document. Between that time and 2006, Donlon committed sex crimes against TK several times a week, primarily at Pearse Park, but also in hotel rooms, Donlon’s home and other locations.

On one occasion in Donlon’s home, TK resisted Donlon’s attempt to rape him.

“TK alleged that, over time, the sexual abuse lessened as he resisted, and the physical abuse increased,” the complaint states. “Donlon is also charged with falsely imprisoning TK, harassing him and damaging TK’s property.”

Meanwhile, Donlon began victimizing CM as well, mostly at Pearse Park. Employed as an administrator at the park’s sole office, Donlon found CM assisting the caretaker, doing odd jobs, and started sexually abusing him in 2005.

Investigation Leads to Guilderland Address

Seven years would pass, including more years of abuse at Donlon’s hands, before CM came forward, according to the complaint.

“In November 2012, CM, by then no longer a minor, disclosed to law enforcement that Donlon had sexually abused him over a period of time between 2005 and 2009, when CM was between the ages of 11 and 16,” the document states.

Irish authorities began a lengthy investigation. In September 2013, TK also came forward and “provided a detailed statement of the relentless sexual abuse DONLON allegedly inflicted on him,” the document goes on to say.

Two months later, Irish law-enforcement officers executed search warrants at Donlon’s residences in Ireland, where they found photos of a “nude young male,” according to the complaint. They also found other corroborating evidence, including hotel paperwork bearing Donlon’s signature, from one of the hotels where he allegedly abused TK.

Following the search, Donlon’s attorney offered to meet with investigators. Donlon, however, fled to the United States, then the United Kingdom. In September 2017, the Longford district court judge issued a warrant for his arrest

A year later, the Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police service, contacted the United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) London attache’ to ask for help in the hunt for Donlon. After joining the investigation, Homeland Security agents determined that Donlon had been living in an apartment complex on Western Avenue in Guilderland since April 2018.

Along with surveillance, agents used utility and postal records to confirm Donlon’s Guilderland address. In November, the Irish government formally asked that Donlon be extradited.

On Jan. 16, federal prosecutors filed the complaint with the court, and HSI agents arrested Donlon. The complaint is based on diplomatic notes and other documents from the Irish government, which were entered into evidence, and prosecutors filed three sealed exhibits with the complaint.

Donlon is being held in the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending the outcome of his extradition hearing, which is scheduled for Feb. 1.


A Sampling of Sex Crimes

Donlon is accused of regularly committing sex crime against his victims, so the charges against him were calculated using a “sample counts” basis, according to prosecutors.

“Victim TK alleges that Donlon abused him (intentional touching and oral contact with genitalia) at least two to three times a week during the period of abuse,” the complaint states. “The charging documents thus contain eight sample counts of sexual assault (two per week) and eight sample counts of rape per month (two per week).”

So Donlon is charged with committing 373 crimes against TK: 190 counts of sexual assault, 176 counts of rape and three counts of assault causing harm, along with one count each of attempted rape, false imprisonment, criminal damage to property and harassment, prosecutors explained.

“The charges relating to victim CM are broadly framed as having occurred on a quarterly basis between 2005 and 2009,” the document states. Therefore, Donlon is charged with sexually assaulting CM twenty-one times.

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