Former GAA photographer faces extradition hearing in New York over hundreds of child abuse allegations
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Former GAA photographer faces extradition hearing in New York over hundreds of child abuse allegations

A FORMER GAA photographer is due to face extradition proceedings at a New York court today over hundreds of child sexual offence allegations in Ireland.

Raymond 'Ray' Donlon faces over 210 counts of sexual assault and 177 counts of rape involving two minors, mostly at a GAA ground and hotels in the Midlands over a five-year period.

Donlon, who left Ireland in 2013, was arrested in the US last week by the Department of Homeland Security with assistance from local New York State police.

He faces 394 criminal counts overall after being accused by two victims who were subjected to "protracted sexual abuse" between 2004 and 2009.

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Donlon was tracked down in New York State earlier this month (Image: Twitter)

An initial court hearing in Albany, New York last week heard that Gardaí in Ireland are seeking Donlon's extradition.

Court documents reveal the Irish Government submitted a formal request through diplomatic channels in September for him to be extradited if found.

Ireland and the United States have an extradition agreement which dates back to 1983.

However, the US State Department will have to sign-off on any decision by Judge Daniel Stewart to send the accused back to his home country.

Donlon was tracked down at an apartment in Guilderland – near the intersection of routes 20 and 146 – having originally been spotted there on January 13.

US authorities believe the Irishman had lived at the property since April 2018.

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