SLIMMED-down paedo Tom Humphries was released from prison after serving just over 22 months for the care and sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl.
The disgraced former Irish Times sports journalist walked out of the Midlands Prison yesterday at 1 p.m. 6.30.
The 56-year-old was due to be released on Saturday, but the jail chiefs decided to let him out a day early to prevent a media frenzy.
Humphries was caged for two and a half years in October 2017 after pleading guilty to two counts of impurity by a child in Dublin between December 5, 2010 and February 19, 2011, and four counts of inviting a child to attend in a sexually explicit, indecent or indecent act between January 2010 and March 2011.
The verdicts were handed down by Judge Karen O'Connor at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
The high-profile inmate – who appeared to have lost a lot of weight while knocking up – covered his face as he walked out of jail to be picked up by a 03-D registered dark-colored Toyota Avensis driven by another man.
The car then headed towards Dublin from the sludge.
A source said: “The governor made the decision to release him one day early because of the attention his release is likely to get. He was picked up this morning.
He sentenced exactly three-quarters of his sentence, which is normal practice in the Irish judicial system.
"He lost some weight while casting his judgment."
It had been speculated that the disgraced author should move to Spain after his release after he enrolled in Spanish while behind bars – but it is unclear if this is his intention.
His 2017 court hearing was told he was bombarding his victim with over 16,000 sick messages over a three-month period. Humphries, of Sutton, Dublin, was caged nearly two years ago after pleading guilty to the heinous offenses that began when his victim was just 14 years old.
The crimes led a possible life behind bars.
The Dublin Rape Crisis Center described its phrase as "very disappointing" and sent "the wrong message".
Humphries denied sex offender counseling while behind bars, a move that would have seen him transferred to Arbor Hill, which houses other convicts perverse.
The former journalist also had problems while serving his prison sentence after calling a prison officer "an uneducated key behavior".
It was reported that the watchdog replied: "I'd rather be an uneducated turnkey than an educated educator."
The Criminal Court in Dublin heard in October 2017 that Humphries first contacted the girl he met in his coaching role under the GAA minors in December 2008, when she was just 14 years old.
The couple later exchanged unfortunate messages with each other and met to engage in sexual activity in his apartment.
Judge Karen O'Connor described his crimes as being in the "upper to middle row" of insult because of the age gap between him and his victim and the length of the care period.
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She said: "Mr. Humphries was aware of the girl's vulnerability and the fact that she had an eating disorder. The abuse had left the girl feeling guilty and ashamed. "
Judge O'Connor also noted that the assault had left the girl depressed and suicidal.
The court was told his offenses became visible when his daughter found the messages on an old cellphone belonging to him.
She showed them to his estranged wife and she contacted the gardai.