Irish serial sex offender jailed for five and a half years

Patrick Nevin used Tinder to find potential victims. He sexually assaulted three women he met online during an 11-day period in 2014.

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Why this story matters:

Serial sex offender Patrick Nevin was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for sexually assaulting a Brazilian student he matched with on Tinder.

The 37-year-old also pleaded guilty to raping another woman and sexually assaulting a third victim. All three attacks took place within an 11-day period in July 2014. He has been in custody since September 2014, awaiting trial.

The high-profile case is a sign that, while most sexual assault cases do not result in a charge, it is possible to convict sexual offenders. 

Details from the story:

  • In July 2014, Patrick Nevin sexually assaulted three women in the space of 11 days.
  • He matched with the women on dating app Tinder, before picking them up in his car, driving them to a remote location and assaulting them.
  • The 27-year-old was sentenced on November 27 2018 to five and a half years in prison.
  • A 2017 trial found Nevin guilty of assaulting one of the victims, a Brazilian student, on the University College Dublin campus, where she was studying at the time.
  • The judge, Cormac Quinn said contact with the women on Tinder "did not give consent to sexual assault".
  • Nevin, who denies the assault on the student but pleaded guilty to the other two attacks, has previously served a prison sentence for a serious assault.
  • Since being in custody since being arrested in September 2014, the sentence has been backdated. Upon Nevin's release, he will be under post-supervision for two years and will be prohibited from from contacting anyone unknown on the internet to meet up with them.

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