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Man wanted in Ireland on child sex abuse charges to be extradited

He is also to remain in custody pending extradition

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GUILDERLAND — An fugitive from Ireland who was apprehended in Guilderland and faces more than 300 sex abuse charges will be extradited to Ireland, records show.

Raymond Donlon, age not available, most recently of Western Avenue, was arrested last month by Homeland Security, with assistance from Guilderland police. He is accused in Ireland of protracted sexual abuse of two children from 2004 to 2009 in the small community of Longford, according to a federal complaint filed against him. Among the charges are 210 counts of sexual assault and 177 counts of rape.

He is accused of coaching and grooming the victims. He allegedly abused one from the age of 11 to 16, and the other starting at age 13.

Donlon fought extradition and, in a hearing on Friday, his attorneys did not challenge that he was the person who was wanted in Ireland or that probable cause existed to extradite him, though they did challenge the validity of harassment and other lesser charges. 

Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart found there was probable cause — which is required for extradition — for all the charged crimes.

Stewart also rejected Donlon’s attorney’s attempts to have him released pending extradition. The judge found him to be a clear risk of flight and that the danger to the community would be great.

Donlon fled Ireland soon after charges were filed against him there in 2013. In September, the Irish Garda police requested assistance from U.S. Homeland Security to apprehend him.

Homeland Security tracked Donlon down in Guilderland, at an apartment near the intersection of routes 20 and 146. Authorities believe he had lived there since April 2018. Investigators verified his address through surveillance, utility records and postal records.

The judge’s order, issued Tuesday, did not indicate how long it might be before Donlon was sent back to Ireland.


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