Pensioner's sentencing delayed in child-porn case

A pensioner with "a long-standing entrenched sexual interest in children" dating back over 40 years has had his sentence for possession of child pornography further adjourned to allow Judge Katherine Delahunt consider updated reports.

A pensioner with "a long-standing entrenched sexual interest in children" dating back over 40 years has had his sentence for possession of child pornography further adjourned to allow Judge Katherine Delahunt consider updated reports.

Maurice Doran, aged 67, who had over 5,283 child pornographic images, spent most of his working life in Irish Distilleries before becoming a driver for Cheeverstown, a centre for children with disabilities.

Doran, formerly of Rossmore Lawn, Templeogue, pleaded at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court guilty to possessing the child pornographic images at his home on May 26, 2001 and again on December 15, 2004.

The images showed both male and female children, though predominantly male, aged between 12 months and 15 years old, naked and engaging in various sexual acts with both children and adults.

Doran told gardaí that he was not hurting the children himself but added: "I am looking at what other people have done and I know this is wrong."

A Granada Institute representative has told the court that Doran was treated in a "somewhat unusual way" by his parents and that his first sexual arousal was associated with pornography.

He is now considered to be at the low-to-moderate level of re-offending having undergone more than 850 hours of psychotherapy and having developed an insight into the affect his crimes had on the children involved.

Judge Delahunt, who previously viewed a sample of the images and has placed him on the sex offenders register, said she needed time to consider reports that showed Doran had since "made a dramatic change" in his rehabilitation.

Detective Sergeant James Madden told Ms Una Ni Raifeartaigh BL, prosecuting, that Doran was on bail awaiting sentence for possession of 2,033 of these images when his wife, along with her two adult children, searched their home and discovered another CD-ROM containing further images.

She contacted gardaí and a subsequent search on December 15, 2004 revealed a further 3,250 images. Doran accepted full responsibility for images found on a laptop and 235 floppy disks and admitted he was aware that it was an offence since 1988 to view child pornography.

He no longer resides at his home because when he returned there in December 2004 to find that the images had been discovered, his family packed a suitcase for him.

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