Girl's Facebook pictures put on porn site

A young man accused of uploading the Facebook profile pictures of 19 girls to a pornographic site has appeared in court for the second time.

Evan Meehan, aged 22, of Dernish Lawn, Shannon, Co Clare, appeared at Ennis District Court yesterday in connection with uploading 30 photos of local teenage girls to a pornographic site between October 2013 to the end of June 2014.

The 30 charges relate to 19 women, with 17 having Shannon addresses and with two other girls living in the nearby villages of Sixmilebridge and Newmarket-on-Fergus.

All were Facebook friends of Mr Meehan, while most went to the same secondary school in Shannon as him.

The alleged offences took place during a period when Mr Meehan was aged 19 and 20.

The alleged offences first came to light when a number of girls presented themselves to Shannon Garda Station in June 2014. The girls arrived at the station after discovering that profile pictures they uploaded to their personal Facebook pages had been uploaded to a pornographic site without their knowledge or consent.

Det Garda Paul Coleman told the court previously that sexually explicit captions describing activities of a sexual nature were added to the girls’ photographs.

The detective said: “The alleged injured parties were happy to upload the pictures themselves to Facebook. They were in no way lewd or anyway suggestive in the poses contained.

He said: “It is the captions that were added that caused offence at the time and that has lessened in time.”

Last month, Judge Patrick Durcan said he would accept jurisdiction in the case, meaning it will be heard in the district court. The case was yesterday adjourned to see if Mr Meehan would be pleading guilty or not guilty in relation to the offences.

However, before any plea could be entered yesterday, Insp Tom Kennedy said that there was an issue between the State and defence regarding the charges and they would require minor alterations. Judge Durcan said that he would grant a two-month adjournment in the case to September 14.

Insp Kennedy said that such an adjournment would allow the State make substitute charges.


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