Local man jailed for rape and sexual assault of seven siblings

A farm labourer who raped six children and molested a seventh in the same family has been jailed for 20 years.

49 year old Michael McCarville, who’s from Monaghan but living in Cootehill was sentenced in the Central Criminal Court today.

Michael McCarville began abusing the first child in 1982 when the victim was aged 10 and he was 15, after he began working as a labourer on a family farm.

The sisters and brothers were aged as young as seven and ten when the abuse began and the attacks, which took place in farm sheds, outhouses and fields.

The Monaghan native, with an address of Longfield, Lisboduff, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, was charged with 187 counts of indecent assault and sexual assault of the seven children between 1982 and 1999.

He pleaded guilty last December to 52 sample charges including oral and anal rape.

McCarville’s first victim was just 10 years old when he began sexually assaulting him up to three times a week at various locations, including within the family home.

In 1983, he also began orally raping the man’s 7-year-old sister, continuing to do so for five years.

At the same time he was anally raping a third brother, who was aged between 10 and 12.

Five of the victims read their own Victim Impact Statements, breaking down in tears as they described the harrowing effects of the abuse.

The eldest child, now aged 45, said McCarville was “a master manipulator” who split the children apart in order to control them and get what he wanted.

He described his utter shock and horror when he learned over the last two years that his four brothers and two sisters had been abused too.

Defence Counsel said Mr McCarville, who assists with his local church and GAA club, had instructed him to offer an apology to the victims.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced him to 20 years in prison and ordered that he carry out five years post-release supervision.

He said Mr McCarville became the employee of the victims’ parents from a young age and a year later, he moved into the family home, where “he must have been treated as a family member”.