Rehab for man on child porn charges

A MAN who used to smoke 20 joints of cannabis a day and admitted having images of girls aged between 13 and 17 involved in sexual acts, was told to undertake a rehabilitation programme at the Granada Institute in Dublin.

Pat Lynch, 25, of Ballyfaudeen Bridge, Lahinch, Co Clare, was back before Cork District Court where Judge Aingil Ní Chondúin noted that the accused had co-operated with the probation service since he pleaded guilty to having the child pornography four months ago.

The judge said: “He is to comply with directions of the probation service. If he falls foul and comes to adverse attention they will breach him and he will be sentenced, it is as simple as that.”

The Granada Institute offers therapeutic courses related to sexual behaviour.

Sergeant Brian McSweeney said Lynch had two previous convictions for having drugs for his own use.

One of his bail terms requires him not to use computers. Defence solicitor Dennis Healy said in that regard: “He can’t anyway. He has no electricity where he is living. He is living in the wilds.”

Judge Ní Chondúin was previously told Pat Lynch viewed 22 images and two movie files of young girls aged 13 to 17 in semi-naked and naked poses being subjected to sexual acts, and that he accessed these images using a computer at the Foyer on Assumption Road, a residential facility for young people.

Mr Healy previously stated: “My client would not be here but for the admissions he made to gardaí. He made the guards’ case.

“There was nothing to prove he had viewed the material.

“He is deeply ashamed of having looked at it. He cannot say whether they (the children in the images) were under 17 or over 17.

“He was having 20 joints a day of cannabis but he is now living in the country, living a clean lifestyle away from the city.

“He had a lot going through his head at the time. He viewed this material for a one-hour period of a 25-year lifespan. Other people could have brought up the images originally, he could have reactivated them.

“He has no recollection of what he looked at. He gave gardaí every assistance possible,” Mr Healy said.

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