A sex offender who has previously been jailed for hoarding child pornography has appeared before the courts again after a garda caught him looking at an image of child porn in an Internet café.
Adrian Savage (aged 50) of Millward Terrace, Meath Road, Bray, Wicklow, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the image at the Ilac Centre on Henry Street and a further 188 images and 20 movie clips of child pornography at his home on June 24, 2010.
Savage was jailed for two years by Judge Patricia Ryan last July after he pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing child pornography on dates between September 15, 2007 and May 19, 2009.
He had previously received a three-year suspended sentence in June 2004 after he pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of child pornography on February 9, 2002 and he has four other previous convictions.
Savage, who has a master’s degree in philosophy, was attending a clinical psychologist when he continued to access the material and was on bail for the offence last year when he was caught again by Sergeant Bryan McGlinn.
Judge Ryan remanded Savage in continuing custody until March next and ordered updated medical and probation reports for that date.
She warned Savage that the case “definitely merits a custodial sentence”. His current release date is next January.
Judge Ryan had previously heard from Dr Patrick Randall, the assistant director of the Granada Institute, in the sentence hearing last year.
He assessed Savage and described his offending behaviour as “absolutely bizarre” and “something deeper seated than a sexual attraction”.
He told Philipp Rahn BL, defending, that Savage’s “primary activity was the collecting and hoarding of the images”.
Dr Randall told Judge Ryan that he felt that Savage had “anger towards society due to his estrangement from it” and this may have been the motivation behind hoarding such “horrendous items that are so disliked by society”.
He described it as “a stand alone case” and said it was the most unusual one he had ever dealt with. “I have never seen the like of it,” Dr Randall said.
Detective Garda Wayne Kelly told Anne-Marie Lawlor BL, prosecuting, at today’s sentence hearing that Sgt McGlinn was sitting behind Savage in the I.T. Magician Internet Call Shop having earlier received a complaint about what the man was accessing.
He saw the man open an image, glance at it, close it and save it to a temporary folder.
The sergeant later said the image depicted a girl of about ten years of age, lying back on a bed naked with her legs open and her genitalia exposed.
Savage was immediately arrested and taken to Store Street Garda Station for interview while a search was carried out on his Bray home.
Det Gda Kelly said 58 CDs were seized from Savage’s home as were two images which were taped to the inside of a wardrobe door.
The CDs were examined and 11 of them were found to contain images and movie files that depicted young girls, ranging in age from eight to 16 years old, depicted naked with their genitalia exposed.
Some of the images and movie files depicted these girls engaged in both oral and penetrative sex.
Det Gda Kelly agreed with Mr Rahn that his client’s behaviour was “quite reckless” which led to his arrest.
He agreed that Savage did not have a computer in his home and there was no question of him sharing or distributing the material or selling it for commercial gain.
Det Gda Kelly agreed there was no link to any other sexual offending or inappropriate relationships in relation to Savage.
He further agreed that Savage’s behaviour is both “compulsive and addictive” and he is socially isolated.