Man caught with child abuse im­ages gets six years

Irish Daily Mail - - Dermot Ahern - By Aoife Nic Ardghail

A MAN re­peat­edly caught with child abuse im­ages and who ex­posed him­self to chil­dren on their way to school has been jailed for six years.

Barry Wat­ters, 42, pleaded guilty at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court to two counts of in­de­cency in Dublin in De­cem­ber 2014, and possession of the im­ages at Mid­dle Abbey Street, Dublin, on Oc­to­ber 20, 2016.

De­tec­tive Garda Cian Far­relly said that in Oc­to­ber 2016 he spot­ted Wat­ters en­ter­ing an in­ter­net café in the city cen­tre.

Plain clothes gar­daí were able to ob­serve a live feed of what Wat­ters was view­ing by us­ing a mas­ter com­puter in the café. He was switch­ing be­tween im­ages of scant­ily clad chil­dren and so­cial me­dia and dat­ing sites with con­ver­sa­tions about how to ac­cess ‘good pic­tures’.

Wat­ters handed over a USB key when con­fronted by gar­daí and it was found to con­tain 23 il­le­gal im­ages of child abuse im­ages and 422 im­ages of chil­dren in var­i­ous states of un­dress.

Judge Martina Bax­ter im­posed a seven-year jail term in con­sec­u­tive sen­tences, with the fi­nal 12 months sus­pended for two years on strict con­di­tions.

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