Deportation threat after child sex conviction

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A Donegal man is facing deportation from America after he was found guilty of attempted sexual assault.

Aengus Richard Downey, originally from Mones in Burt, was also convicted of endangering the welfare of a child.

He was arrested after he took part in online chats with a detective posing as a 12-year-old girl.

Downey, who now lives in Atlantic City, New Jersey, faces between five and ten years in prison.

Passaic County Courthouse heard that Downey sent nude photographs of himself to the police officer, and made "lewd and inappropriate suggestions" during a live video chat.

He was found guilty on all charges, and was remanded in custody to await sentencing and possible deportation.

If he remains in America, he will be registered as a sex offender and will be subject to 'Megan's Law' whereby information including his name, picture, address, date of imprisonment and the nature of his crimes will be made public.

If he is deported back to Ireland, Downey must inform Irish police that he is a sex offender, and could face prosecution if he fails to register his name and address.