RTÉ News understands a man in Limerick has admitted to police that he was an underage child sex abuser.
John Cavanagh said he was in the US on a work permit for a marketing company.
He has been charged with four counts of indecent exposure, two counts of statutory rape and one count of statutory sodomy.
He will appear in court on December 13.
John’s solicitor, Michael Murphy, said the man was in a difficult situation in the last few days.
He said his client’s health is deteriorating and his legal team is trying to get him out of jail.
“He was in an extremely vulnerable position,” Mr Murphy said.
“It’s been a nightmare for him, it’s been an enormous burden for him and for his family.”
We have tried to make contact with his lawyers but we are not sure if they are available.
“There’s no doubt he’s going to fight it.”
The man’s lawyer said it would be “a privilege” to represent him.
“I’m absolutely certain that he will be able to get a fair trial,” he said.
Irish RepublicOnline has contacted Mr Cavanag’s Irish Republic office for comment.