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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Child porn 'hoarder' caught with image at internet cafe

Sonya McLean

Published 21/12/2012|05:00

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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 cafe.

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Adrian Savage (50), of Millward Terrace, Meath Road, Bray, Co 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 when he was caught again.

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.

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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 "something deeper seated than a sexual attraction".

He told Philipp Rahn, defending, that Savage's "primary activity was the collecting and hoarding of the images".

Dr Randall described it as "a stand-alone case" and said it was the most unusual one he had ever dealt with.

Detective Garda Wayne Kelly told Anne-Marie Lawlor, prosecuting, that Sergeant Bryan McGlinn saw the man open an image depicting a girl of about 10 years of age with her genitalia exposed at the internet cafe.

Savage was arrested and taken to Store Street Garda Station while a search was carried out on his Bray home.

Det Gda Kelly said 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 with their genitalia exposed.

Det Gda Kelly 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.

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