A man has been accused of being involved in a sex trafficking ring which involved arranging for a 14-year-old boy to have sex with him with his eyes open.
The man, from Clare, County Antrim, was arrested at his home in Co Kildare on Wednesday night.
The alleged victim was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery.
Police were investigating whether the offences are connected.
Mr John O’Connor, 53, of Co Kilkenny Road, Co Kilton, has been charged with eight counts of child sex trafficking.
He was remanded in custody until December 13.