A pensioner with "a long-standing entrenched sexual interest in children" dating back over 40 years has been sentenced to two years in prison for possession of child pornography.
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 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 gardai 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.
Judge Katherine Delahunt, who previously viewed a sample of the images and has placed him on the sex offenders register, said that Doran didn’t appear to understand the affect his offences had until he was charged when the second collection of pornography was found in December 2004.
She accepted that Doran has now undergone 1,000 hours of therapy at the Granada Institute, has a more in-depth understanding and an appreciation of the effect of his offences he committed and has been assessed as being at a significantly lower level of re-offending.
She noted that since 2004 his "entire family structure has disintegrated" and he is living alone while attempting to reintegrate into society with the assistance of the Granada Institute.
Judge Delahunt said she although she was satisfied that Doran hadn’t abused children and hadn’t produced or distributed any of the material, some of the images could be described as being in the most severe category and he built up his collection over a lengthy period of time.
She suspended the last year of the sentence on condition that Doran keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years and continue to liaise with the probation service upon his release from prison.
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 gardai 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.