Man jailed for having porn images of children as young as three months

A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison with the final 18 months suspended for having video and photographic images of children and babies, some as young as three months, engaging in explicit sexual activity with adults and other children.

Sean Stewart, from Drumaveg, Moycullen, Galway, pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court last week to a single charge of having images and movie files of children aged between three months and 17 years, posing naked or engaging in sexual activity, stored on his laptop, on his two mobile phones and on a USB memory stick at a house he was renting in Gort na Glaise, Sandy Road, Galway, on November 27, 2013, contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1988.

Detective Sgt James Tierney told the sentence hearing that he and Det Sgt Paul Johnston of the Garda Computer Crime Unit, based in Dublin, called to Stewart’s house and seized the laptop, his two mobile phones and the memory stick on November 27, 2013.

He said Stewart freely admitted he had stored child porn images and video clips on all of the devices.

He gave the gardaí the necessary codes and passwords so that they could access the material.

Stewart was arrested that morning and later freely admitted during his detention that he had downloaded the child pornography from websites.

Det Tierney said the devices contained 5,075 child porn images, along with 476 video files of children between the ages of three months and 15 years, posing nude or being subjected to sexual activity with adults and other children.

He said the accused was unemployed and now living at home with his mother.

His father had passed away in 2009.

Det Tierney said Stewart had three previous conviction, including two in 2011, when he received a two-year suspended sentence for two charges of having sex with a child.


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