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Athlone Child Sex Attack Claims: Man Charged
A man is due to appear in court in Ireland charged over an alleged attack on two girls who are understood to have been lured away from a party.
The man, who is in his 30s, was one of three people detained after the children, aged six and nine, were allegedly subjected to a serious sexual assault in Athlone, County Westmeath.
The suspect, who is originally from Ballinasloe, County Galway, will appear before a District Court.
Two men who were in the home where the attacks are said to have taken place have been released without charge.
The alleged assaults took place on Saturday afternoon while a group of children were celebrating a friend's birthday.
The girls were playing outside during the party and are believed to have been enticed to a house by a man who was not attending the celebration.
It is believed they managed to flee from their attackers by climbing out of a window.
They ran back to the house where the party was taking place and raised the alarm.
Around 150 people protested in the town centre near to where the man was being questioned.
The spontaneous gathering included parents who wanted to show support for the families of the girls.