Sus­pended sen­tence for 39,792 child abuse im­ages

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Sonya McLean

A SLOVAKIAN na­tional who told gar­daí that he first started down­load­ing im­ages of child abuse as a 15-year-old boy has re­ceived an 18month sus­pended sen­tence.

Mar­ian Mi­narik, 40, who has been liv­ing in Ire­land for the last 12 years, was caught af­ter gar­daí were con­tacted by Lux­em­bourg au­thor­i­ties who had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the down­load­ing of im­ages from a par­tic­u­lar web­site.

De­tec­tive Garda Gary Mo­ran said Mi­narik’s home was searched and a lap­top and a hard-drive were seized. A to­tal of 39,792 im­ages of child abuse and 404 videos of child abuse were later re­cov­ered.

Mi­narik im­me­di­ately ad­mit­ted to gar­daí when they ar­rived at his home that he had down­loaded child pornog­ra­phy. He later told gar­daí in in­ter­view that he first started down­load­ing child pornog­ra­phy when he was 15 years old. He de­nied he had any com­pul­sion to have sex with chil­dren but ac­cepted that he some­times got sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion from view­ing the im­ages.

Mi­narik, with an ad­dress at Moun­tjoy Square, Dublin , pleaded guilty at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court to pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy on dates be­tween March 2009 and July 2010. He de­nied any in­volve­ment in the pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy and Det. Gda Mo­ran con­firmed that gar­daí were sat­is­fied that he only down­loaded im­ages and videos for his own use.

A foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist’s re­port stated that there were con­cerns that Mi­narik had a lack of un­der­stand­ing and a lack of in­sight into his crimes

Judge Cor­mac Quinn took into ac­count Mi­narik’s early guilty plea, his full co-op­er­a­tion with gar­daí, his re­morse and full ad­mis­sions.

He sus­pended the sen­tence for 18 months and or­dered that Mi­narik un­der­take a sex of­fender treat­ment pro­gramme and of­fence-fo­cused work as di­rected by the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice.

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