Leitrim GAA chief admits Humphries case raises concerns over child protection

The chairman of Leitrim GAA’s county board has sought to reassure parents about child safety after a coach was jailed yesterday for child sex abuse.

Tom Humphries, a prominent former sports journalist with The Irish Times, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for defilement of a teenage girl.

He was also sentenced to two years in respect of the sexual exploitation of the same girl.

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Humphries identified the girl, a teenager at the time, through his coaching of GAA teams and exchanged more than 16,000 text messages with her in a three-month period.

Leitrim GAA chairman Terence Boyle insists crimes like this are rare in Gaelic games.