Man gets sus­pended term for child porn

Irish Examiner - - News - Liam Heylin

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.

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