Monday 25 September 2017

Civil servant caught with 7,000 child porn images avoids jail

Corcoran: pleaded guilty
Corcoran: pleaded guilty

Aoife Nic Ardghail and Jessica Magee

A FORMER civil servant caught with over 7,000 images and 21 videos of child pornography has avoided jail.

Staff at the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism discovered attempts to download inappropriate material on Patrick Corcoran's (53) computer during a software upgrade at the Kildare Street offices in December 2009.

Members of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation seized a laptop and computer at Corcoran's desk and later found 5,951 pornographic images of children between eight and 14 years old during a search of his former North Circular Road home.

Judge Martin Nolan handed down a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, but warned Corcoran that he would go to jail if caught with any more illegal material.

Corcoran had pleaded guilty.

"You are getting a chance, but if you re-offend, no mercy will be shown," said Judge Nolan.

Detective Garda Maria Clohessy revealed that gardai were not in a position to arrest Corcoran until February 2012.

By then he had collected a further 1,100 child pornography images and 21 videos.

Det Gda Clohessy agreed with the defence that his client contacted the Granada Institute for sex offenders for treatment following the first seizure.

She agreed she was aware Corcoran has been in other psychological treatment since 2012 after the Granada Institute closed down. He recently got a HSE letter confirming it had no further concerns about him.

Judge Nolan said child pornography encourages the abuse of minors and children and is a serious offence.

Irish Independent

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