Convicted sex offender hoarded over 35,000 child porn images

A CONVICTED sex offender who hoarded over 35,000 child pornographic images and movie files after downloading the material in internet cafes has been given a two-year jail-term.

Adrian Savage, aged 48, of Millward Terrace, Meath Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, who has a master’s degree in philosophy, was attending a clinical psychologist when he continued to access the material. He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges of possessing child pornography on dates between September 15, 2007, and May 19, 2009.

Savage received a three-year suspended sentence in June 2004 after he pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of child pornography on February 9, 2002. He was also caught by a garda, who had investigated him the previous year, downloading child pornography in an internet café after the officer followed him into the premises.

Judge Patricia Ryan said she noted his two previous convictions for similar offences and he had undergone a treatment programme but re-offended.

Judge Ryan said she was taking into account his expression of remorse, his shame, his admissions to gardaí, his co-operation in searching the premises and that he was hoarding rather than viewing images. She said a custodial sentence was merited “to mark the seriousness of the case” and the maximum sentence was five years for the charges.

The judge handed down a three-year sentence suspending the last year of it for three years and ordered he be supervised by the probation services for 18 months.

Dr Patrick Randall, the assistant director of the Granada Institute who assessed Savage, described his offending behaviour as “absolutely bizarre” and “something deeper-seated than a sexual attraction”.

He told Philipp Rahn BL, defending, that Savage’s “primary activity was the collecting and hoarding of the images”.

Dr Randall told Judge Patricia Ryan that he felt that Savage had “anger towards society due to his estrangement from it” and this may have been the motivation behind hoarding such “horrendous items that are so disliked by society”.

He described it as “a standalone case” and said it was the most unusual one he had ever dealt with.

Savage downloaded many of the images onto USB keys in Internet cafes and at times did not own a computer or anything on which to view the material.

The images were found on a number of CDs and DVDs, a laptop, a hard drive, 17 photo albums and six USB keys.

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