A Meath father-of-two who said that pornographic videos he had made of his 14-year-old daughter were “just show business” has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
The 47-year-old man pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to six charges each of sexual assault, producing child pornography and allowing a child to be used in child pornography on dates between May 2010 and April 2011.
In a “dress-up room” in the attic of the family home, the father would take pornographic photographs of his daughter and video himself performing sexual acts on the teenager.
The girl’s mother discovered the images on a camera and alerted the gardaí.
They searched the house and found 1,150 still pornographic images of the girl and 74 movie files.
The man claimed his daughter was a willing participant and described the videos as a bit “of fun”.
It was “just show business” he said.
His daughter said she had loved her father and would have done anything to keep him in happy. However, she now believes he deserves to be in prison.
Judge Martin Nolan described it as “an appalling case to put it mildly” and imposed an 11-year sentence on the father-of-two.