Man says he downloaded child pornography out of 'curiousity'

A man who downloaded child pornography from the internet out of what he claimed was curiosity, has been remanded on bail for sentence early next year.

A man who downloaded child pornography from the internet out of what he claimed was curiosity, has been remanded on bail for sentence early next year.

Stephen Seagrave (aged 30), of Pine Woods, Greenpark, Clondalkin, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on May 27, 2002 told gardaí he had not downloaded the material out of sexual interest.

"It’s not a turn on. I did not get off on it. It was just curiosity. I felt sorry for the kids in the pictures and films," he said when he was interviwed by gardaí after he was arrested following a search of his home in Clondalkin.

Seagrave, whose partner is expecting a child in January, had in his possession 138 images depicting children aged between eight and 16 years engaged in sexual activity with each other and adults. He also had eight videos depicting children of the same age partaking in similar activity.

Detective Garda Derek Hughes told prosecuting counsel, Mr Luan O Braonain BL, that Seagrave initially denied he was in possession of the images.

He later admitted to having them after Detective Garda Cathal Delaney, an expert in the field, conducted a forensic examination of his computer and identified them in the hard drive. There were 91 images in active files, 26 were temporary internet files and 21 had been deleted.

Det Gda Hughes agreed with Seagrave’s counsel, Mr Kieran Kelly BL, that Seagrave had not shared the images with other internet users or distributed them on the web.

Mr Kelly told Judge Miriam Reynolds that Seagrave was currently attempting to acquire a placement at the Granada Institute where he could be treated for such behaviour.

Judge Reynolds adjourned the matter for mention on December 12, 2004 to allow the Probation and Welfare Service and the Granada Institute assess his suitability for the required treatment and the level of risk he poses to society.

She indicated that depending on progress made on the assessments by December 14, a sentence date could be fixed for March 2005 when she would be presiding at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court again.

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