Child porn found on employee’s computer

Child pornography was found on a 47-year-old man’s computer when his employers carried out a general audit of employees’ computers because of their concerns about the alleged leaking of sensitive company information.

Ian Morris of The Spires, Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to having more than 2,000 images and 100 movie files of child pornography at his home on April 11, 2013.

Sentencing in his case will take place on November 10 to give him an opportunity to continue with rehabilitation.

Sergeant Eoin Buckley said the material was first discovered when Ian Morris’s employer carried out an internal audit of employees’ computers as they were concerned about the alleged leaking of sensitive information from the company. When child pornography was discovered, the gardaí were alerted.

Sgt Buckley said officers called to the home of the accused in Cobh in April 2013 to conduct a search. He said that the search was made easier by the defendant who directed them to hard drives and particular parts of his computers where they were likely to find material.

He said: “2,167 images and 107 movie files of various degrees of depravity were found. It varied from images of children standing naked to children engaged in sexual activities with children and with adults.

“From the moment we entered the house the defendant did not hold back, he admitted straight away that he had child pornography.”

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin was told none of the images were generated by the defendant and he had not shared or supplied images to others.

Originally from the UK, Morris has been living in Ireland for the past 15 years and ceased working with his employer as a direct result of this material being found. Sgt Buckley said the defendant lived with his wife, they do not have children and he recently suffered a heart attack.

Judge Ó Donnabháin said: “There is no doubt he has been subject to disordered thinking of longstanding which was deeply embedded. The material on his hard drive is of some considerable depravity.

“Significant to me in consideration of sentencing is the efforts he has made for his rehabilitation.”

A report on his progress in this treatment was supplied to the court by the defence barrister, Donal O’Sullivan, who said the accused had no previous convictions and was deeply remorseful for engaging in this activity..

The judge said: “He has tried to unlock this disordered thinking. That type of engagement would not be available if I sent him to prison. It merits serious consideration of a prison sentence. This is a serious matter.”


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