Wife reported husband found with child pornography

A 49-year-old Kerry resident whose wife reported him to gardaí after finding child pornography on his computer has been given a three-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A 49-year-old Kerry resident whose wife reported him to gardaí after finding child pornography on his computer has been given a three-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Stephen Quinn's pornography included an image of naked children superimposed with the heads of his own daughter and his stepdaughter.

When gardaí asked him if he would class himself as a paedophile, he replied: "I would have to say yes."

Quinn, now living in Tralee but formerly of Mellowes Road, Finglas, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in 2003 at his former marital home in Ballymun.

Judge Michael White said it was a major aggravating factor and of serious concern to the court that Quinn had used images of people in relation to whom he was in a position of trust and responsibility.

Sergeant Michael Buckley told Ms Mary Rose Gearty BL, prosecuting, that gardaí found 122 images on computer after his wife reported him to gardaí at Ballymun Station on November 3, 2003.

Sgt Buckley said Quinn accepted responsibility for whatever was on the computer. He said he never took photographs himself but exchanged images with others or paid for them.

The images were largely of naked young girls and Quinn had superimposed images of the heads of his own daughter and his stepdaughter on to images of naked children.

Mr Breffni Gordon BL, defending, said Quinn had no previous convictions, had written letters of remorse to his wife and her daughter and had sought counselling from the Granada Institute which had assessed him as being at a low risk of reoffending.

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