October 12, 2002
Man gets life sentence for rape and child pornography

by Orlaith Delaney and Tomas MacRuairi in The Irish Independent

A MAN has been jailed for life by Mr Justice Paul Carney for raping a teenage boy and for five concurrent terms of 14 years on child pornography charges.

The judge at the Central Criminal Court also imposed five further terms of five years imprisonment on the man for sexually assaulting several other young males and for possession of pornography.

Earlier, Mr Justice Carney stopped viewing a video recording made by the 42-year-old Dublin man of his activities with one of his victims saying: "I cannot watch any more of this."

The single man, who was related to all his victims, pleaded guilty to the 11 charges on which he was sentenced and had six other charges taken into consideration. There were a total of 26 charges on the indictment.

The man admitted buggering and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy on dates between January 1, 1991 and December 31, 1993 in Galway and at his home. He also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three other boys on dates unknown between 1989 and 2000 in his home and in hotels. He also pleaded guilty to allowing children in his care be used for the purposes of the production of child pornography and to producing child pornography on dates from 1998 to 2000.

The judge noted that as a result of recent judgment by Mr Justice Hugh Geoghegan in the Court of Criminal Appeal he could impose consecutive sentences but to do so would have meant a total sentence "of American proportions". Mr Justice Carney said the defendant was entitled to consideration of the manner in which he met the charges through his guilty pleas and he would therefore not impose consecutive sentences.

He directed the man be listed as a sexual offender and that "in the event of executive clemency at any later stage", he further directed that he remain under post-release supervision for 10 years.

Defence counsel Patrick Marrinan SC (with Raymond Farrell BL), noted earlier that the gardai agreed the defendant had not downloaded the pornographic material involving his victims on the internet.

The court heard that gardai found 200,000 pornographic images on the defendant's computer and on CD-roms and floppy discs. Most of this involved adult pornography. They also found 783 images of his abuse of the victims.

Mr Marrinan described the defendant as a man obsessed with his homosexuality who had also become obsessed with downloading pornographic material. He had used the images he made of his victims solely for his own sexual gratification.

Det-Gda Mary Fallon told prosecuting counsel Shane Murphy SC (with Ms Una Ni Raifeartaigh BL), that gardai searched the defendant's home in June, 2000 and February 2001 and recovered a large amount of pornographic material. She said the man took the 13-year-old to a house in Galway and told him he would show him different forms of sex. The boy was raped. About a year later, the boy went to the defendant's house and participated in sexual activity which the defendant videod.

Det-Gda Fallon said when a 16-year-old went to the man's house to learn computer skills he was shown porn and told he could make money if he wanted to be a model. The man took pictures of him undressed.

Posted by paul at October 12, 2002 09:41 AM
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