Monday 25 September 2017

Businessman avoids jail for child porn possession

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A BUSINESSMAN who 'drifted' out of boredom into viewing vile child pornography, including children as young as eight having sex with adults, has avoided a prison sentence.

Conor Murphy (46) received a suspended nine-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography including 586 image files of children ranging in age from six to 14 years.

Murphy, a Cork-based businessman who works in a Douglas optical centre, had deleted all the images from his Apple laptop computer after realising how serious they were.

But the images remained on the hard-drive.

The father of two pleaded guilty before Cork Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the images on his computer between March 31 and July 9, 2010.

Judge Petria McDonnell warned that possession of child pornography "was not a victimless crime". She said the serious nature of the images involved required a custodial sentence rather than just a fine.

But she said she would suspend the nine-month term in light of Murphy's plea, his remorse, his attendance at counselling for three years, his co-operation with the gardai and the severe impact of the matter on his personal life.

Murphy was included on the Register of Sex Offenders.

Defence counsel Tom Creed said the matter had "a catastrophic" impact on Murphy, of Diamond Hill, Monkstown, Cork.

His marriage has broken down, his business was impacted and his greatest concern now was the effect on his two young children.

"It has had devastating consequences both for him and for his family," he said.

Judge McDonnell ordered that Murphy, who has no previous convictions, continue to receive counselling and enter a bond to be of good behaviour.

Irish Independent

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