Ex-cleric on child porn rap could face more charges, court told

More charges could be brought against a defrocked priest accused of possession of thousands of pornographic images of children, some as young as two, a court heard today.

More charges could be brought against a defrocked priest accused of possession of thousands of pornographic images of children, some as young as two, a court heard today.

Oliver O'Grady (aged 65), with an address at a hostel, on Charlemont Street, in Dublin 2 was granted bail at Dublin District Court on Saturday following his arrest on December 10 last and he was remanded to appear again today.

Defence solicitor Kieran Conway said today that there was consent to the case being adjourned pending directions from the DPP.

Detective Garda Johanna Doyle of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, confirmed that the adjournment was for directions to be obtained and the possibility of “further charges”.

Judge Patrick McMahon remanded the defendant on continuing bail to appear again on January 28 next.

The former priest, who was wearing a green jacket, a pullover and black trousers remained silent during his brief court appearance.

Last Saturday the court had heard that the defendant had lived at various addresses in Ireland since he was deported from the United States, in 2001. He rents a lock-up facility and a postbox to store his personal belongings.

As part of his bail conditions he must sign on twice daily at Harcourt Terrace garda station.

Mr O'Grady also gave an undertaking not to seek travel documentation and has surrendered his passport to gardaí.

The material allegedly confiscated included images and videos on a USB key, an external hard drive and a laptop.

Det. Gda Doyle had told the court last Saturday: “We are talking about thousands upon thousands of images of child pornography. Children from the age of two and three up to teenage boys and girls.”

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