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Sex beast who for two decades.

Byline: By BRIAN CARROLL

A SICK child sex offender avoided jail yesterday - because he could not get treatment for paedophilia in prison.

Gustav Dahm - who preyed on children as young as seven over two decades - will find out on October 27 if he will be sentenced to time behind bars.

The 35-year-old pervert has pleaded guilty to more than 20 charges of sexual assault and gross indecency on six victims.

He is free on bail but confined to his house in Kenmare, Co Kerry, for 21 and a half hours a day.

His lawyers are seeking a lengthy adjournment so he can go on receiving treatment.

Judge Carroll Moran agreed to a short adjournment at Tralee Circuit Court to allow him to consider psychiatric reports carried out by the Granada Institute and consultant psychologist Dr Philip Moore.

They have assessed Dahm as posing a "moderate risk" of re-offending.

Defence counsel John O' Sullivan said it made more sense to allow his client continue with treatment than go to jail now where no treatment would be available. Dahm lives with his elderly mother Edel and his father Bill, who will be 99 next month, at Ard na Mara, Pier Road, in Kenmare, where they run a B&B.

Dr Moore's report revealed a claim by Dahm that he was sexually abused at the age of 15 by a Dutch tourist.

He said: "It is likely that being a victim of sexual assault created dysfunctional ideas about sexuality."

Dahm has taken part in 28 treatment sessions with Cork-based Dr Moore since August this year.

The pervert's counsel said Dr Moore's assessment was that: "The accused has insight into his condition. He has co-operated."

The reports found he was emotionally immature, of low intellect, with 86 per cent of adults males exceeding his intellectual capacity.

Prosecution counsel Tom Rice told the judge that gardai were concerned because three of Dahm's victims were living in Kenmare.

But Mr O'Sullivan said: "This was not a case where he was jumping out of bushes. His victims came to him."

Judge Moran will rule on October 27 on the request for a longer adjournment.

news@irishmirror.ie

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