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Athlone Child Sex Attack Claims: Man Arrested
Irish police are considering whether to charge a man arrested over an alleged sex attack on two girls who are understood to have been lured away from a children's birthday party.
The man was one of three people detained by Garda after the youngsters, who are under the age of 10, were subjected to a serious sexual assault in Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland.
Two men who were in the home where the alleged attacks took place were released without charge on Monday morning.
A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to assess if they will face charges in the future.
The alleged assaults took place on Saturday afternoon while a group of children were celebrating a friend's birthday.
While the party was under way, the girls were playing outside 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.
The girls ran back to the house where the party was taking place and raised the alarm.
The children were taken to hospital in Galway for medical treatment.
The three men were initially arrested for public order offences and taken to Athlone Garda Station.
They were subsequently taken before a special sitting of the local District Court on Saturday where they were remanded in custody.
All three were later re-arrested as part of the investigation into the alleged sexual assault and taken back to Athlone Garda Station. Two were subsequently released.
More than 300 people took to the streets of Athlone as detectives questioned the suspect.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter went on radio to deny claims that the man being questioned had been in prison for a sex offence.
Mr Shatter said he wanted to "set the record straight" to ease people's "genuine and understandable fears and worries".