Former Rose of Tralee escort, 35, jailed for distributing child pornography

A former Rose of Tralee escort who was caught distributing child pornography has been jailed for 18 months.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin commented that the background and personality profile of the accused man, Timothy Lynch, 35, matched many of those men increasingly coming before the courts on charges related to child pornography.

“He was isolated, a loner, a dependent type of personality, may have been bullied at a younger age, struggled to maintain relationships, never had a relationship with a girl, he struggled at many levels,” Judge Ó Donnabháin said at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

His address on the possession and three distribution charges was St Oliver’s Place, Kanturk, but the location for the offences in 2015 was Finisk, Rivervalley, Mallow.

The judge said that even allowing for the description of some images as horrific, involving an adult carrying out a sexual act on a baby, what was even more serious was the offence of distribution which gave rise to a prison sentence.

The judge noted from the background report prepared by the consultant psychiatrist on the accused that Lynch acknowledged the inappropriateness of his behaviour, he struggles to make decisions, was very fearful of offences becoming public and would struggle to cope in prison.

In the course of his evidence, Garda Niall Ruddy said the accused was a former Rose of Tralee escort. As that evidence was given the sentencing judge asked, “What was that about?”

Prosecution barrister, Imelda Kelly, said it was the first she had heard about it and was doing her best to move on from it as quickly as possible.

The investigation which resulted in Lynch’s activities being detected began in Wales. Police there were tracking the activities of an individual who was contacted by 40 different internet users, including ‘Horny2611’, Lynch’s identity online.

When his home was searched, 210 images were found on his phone including some of the images which Garda Ruddy described as horrific.

Garda Ruddy said the accused was actively seeking and swapping child pornography at the time.

Defence barrister, Donal O’Sullivan, said the accused was not selling the images but was passing them on to others in small numbers.

The three distribution charges related to four images on one date and five each on two other dates between February and April 2015.

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