A member of An Garda Síochána was being questioned at Loughrea Garda Station yesterday evening, after being arrested in relation to an alleged sexual assault.
The man, who is believed to have been stationed in Galway, was taken into custody by investigating officers from the Garda Ombudsman Commission on Tuesday morning and subsequently detained at Loughrea Garda Station for questioning.
The arrest was the first made in the history of the Garda Ombudsman Commission, which was established five years ago.
“We are confirming that we arrested a member of the Garda Síochána this morning in relation to an allegation of a criminal nature. The member is being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and is assisting the Garda Ombudsman with our enquiries,” he said.
The Galway Independent understands that the alleged sexual assault took place in the Midlands over a year ago and the garda has now been suspended from his duties.
Under Section 4 legislation, the man can be held for up to 24 hours for questioning before being charged, released or an application made to extend his detention.