Man who used his child to make porn has sentence cut

A Meath-man jailed for using his 13-year-old daughter to make child pornography, which he did not see as wrong and said was “simply a bit of fun”, has had his sentence reduced by two years on appeal.

The man had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 19 offences of sexual assault, producing child pornography and allowing a child to be used in child pornography between May 2010 and April 2010.

He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment with the last two suspended by Judge Martin Nolan on July 1, 2013.

The man successfully appealed his sentence through his barrister, John Noonan Bl, on grounds that his offending was not on the highest level. The Court of Appeal resentenced him yesterday to nine years in jail, suspending the last two.

Speaking for the three-judge court, Mr Justice Alan Mahon said the victim was the man’s daughter, aged between 13 and 14.

Mr Justice Mahon said the man’s wife discovered pornogrpahic photographs of her daughter on a digital camera in their home and alerted the gardaí.

In the course of searching the home, gardaí found 1,150 images and 74 videos, a number of which also depicted the man simulating sexual intercourse with the victim, his daughter.

Mr Justice Mahon said the man did not see anything wrong with what had occured and said it was “simply a bit of fun”. The upstairs of the house had been converted into a “dress-up room”.

He pleaded guilty at a relatively late stage, Mr Justice Mahon said, but this saved the young woman from having to give evidence.

It appeared to have been accepted, Mr Justice Mahon said, that the offending was not on the higher level and the Court of Appeal agreed with that assessment.

Mr Justice Mahon, who sat with Mr Justice George Birmingham and Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan, resentenced him to nine years in jail, suspending the last two.

He was required to enter into his own bond of €100 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour while in prison and for three years post release. He was also required to undertake the Building Better Lives sex offenders programme.


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