Man gets suspended term for child porn
Accessing child pornography was described in a case in Cork yesterday as representing “dysfunctional escapism” rather than paedophile tendencies and the culprit was given a threeyear suspended jail term.
Greg Lordan of Parish Field, Clonakilty, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing child porn at his home on February 16, 2017.
Sgt Kevin Long testified that gardaí came into information the previous month and they applied for a warrant to search the home of the accused. Sgt Long went to the defendant’s home in February last year to execute the warrant.
“Prior to that, I met the person concerned, Greg Lordan, on his way home from work. I cautioned him. On the roadside, he admitted he had an old mobile phone and there was child pornography on it and that he had accessed the child pornography the day previously.”
That phone was examined during an investigation and 386 images depicting children under 17 in sexual acts were found. The children were as young as three to four years old.
The 386 images showed children involved in sexual acts, with other children or with adults and in respect of three particular images, children aged seven or eight were involved in sexual acts with dogs.
None of the children in the images was ever identified in the investigation.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said in that regard that the psychotherapy report on the accused stated Lordan was now aware of the abusive nature of child pornography and the severe consequences for the victims.
Siobhán Lankford, defending, said Lordan, aged 29, was now living in Spain with his partner and had returned for court proceedings related to the case every time he was required to. She said he had taken steps to get treatment.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said that he could suspend the sentence in its entirety in view of the co-operation of the accused.