Jail over child porn charges

A former businessman who shared thousands of images of child pornography online is to be jailed on Monday.

Seán MacGiolla Deacair, aged 56, of Carig Cuirte, Teach Sagard, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing child pornography at his former Temple Manor Close home in Dublin 12 on May 28, 2011.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography on July 22, 2009, and March 1, 2010. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan remanded MacGiolla Deacair in custody over the weekend.

Det Sgt Joe Molloy

told Cathleen Noctor, prosecuting, that he and colleagues seized computers and found a handwritten web address in a diary in May 2011.

MacGiolla Deacair, a former electrician, later revealed he had left a comment under a photo on a website in March 2010 and then became involved in sharing child pornography via email.

Det Sgt Molloy said garda forensics found 120 video files and 7,783 images of serious child pornography in MacGiolla Deacair’s computer’s inbox. There were also emails suggesting MacGiolla Deacair was sharing material he had received.

Det Sgt Molloy accepted when Damien Colgan, defending, put it to him his client had had no contact with his wife or adult children since the start of the investigation. He further accepted MacGiolla Deacair has had “alcoholic bouts”, suffered depression, and had been suicidal, and agreed MacGiolla Deacair told him he had been abused while at school. MacGiolla Deacair said he had “no words to describe the sense of shame and remorse” for his actions.

Mr Colgan submitted to Judge Nolan his client had completed a 19-month therapy course and asked he be put on suicide watch if given a custodial sentence.

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