A Welsh man who got a three West Cork children to strip and get into sexual poses in order to generate child pornography was jailed for six years today.
Christopher Thomas, also known as Christopher Charles Doe, 61, was sentenced by Judge Patrick J. Moran at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Thomas admitted sexually assaulting two girls at his home on various dates between January 2003 and November 2004. Thomas also pleaded guilty to knowingly producing child pornography and possessing the child pornography.
Judge Moran made an order preventing the identification of the victims. He said that Thomas could be identified but that his address should be no more specific than the fact that he was a resident of West Cork.
While Thomas did supply child pornography to others and told the children that another man was paying him for the pictures taken of them, there was no evidence that the pictures of those three girls in West Cork were ever sent to anyone else.
On some occasions the victims who were aged between 9 and 11 were paid sums of €20 to €30 for taking off their clothes and having photographs taken.
Thomas also removed his own clothes, posed with two naked girls and then got a third girl to take photographs of the three of them
Judge Moran said: “So far the effect has been quite serious (on the victims) and we do not know what the future is in this regard.”
Thomas previously apologised to the victims for his actions.
Two of the victims were sisters and their mother said through a victim impact report that the breach of trust had a devastating effect on their lives.