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Father used teen daughter to make child porn

Ruaidhri Giblin

Published 24/10/2015 | 02:30

The man successfully appealed his sentence on grounds that his offending was not on the highest level. The Court of Appeal re-sentenced him to nine years in jail, with two suspended
The man successfully appealed his sentence on grounds that his offending was not on the highest level. The Court of Appeal re-sentenced him to nine years in jail, with two suspended

A man jailed for using his 13-year-old daughter to make child pornography, which he did not see as wrong and said was "simply a bit of fun", has had his sentence reduced by two years on appeal.

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The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had previously pleaded guilty to 19 offences of sexual assault, producing child pornography and allowing a child to be used in child pornography between May 2010 and April 2011.

He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment with two suspended by Circuit Court Judge Martin Nolan on July 1, 2013.

But yesterday the Meath man successfully appealed his sentence on grounds that his offending was not on the highest level. The Court of Appeal re-sentenced him to nine years in jail, with two suspended.

Speaking on behalf of the three-judge court, Mr Justice Alan Mahon said the victim - the object of the child pornography - was the man's daughter aged between 13 and 14.

He said the man's wife discovered pornographic photographs of her daughter on a digital camera in their home and alerted the gardaí.

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While searching the home, gardaí found 1,150 images and 74 videos, some of which also depicted the man simulating sexual intercourse with the victim.

The judge said the man did not see anything wrong with what had occurred and said it was "simply a bit of fun".

He pleaded guilty at a relatively late stage, saving the young woman from having to give evidence, the judge said.

However Mr Justice Mahon said it was not possible to describe the case as anything less than extremely serious.

There was a gross breach of trust by the man, the abuse took place over a prolonged period or time, was premeditated, systematic and rendered more serious by the fact it was recorded presumably for further use later.

He said the sentence of 11 years indicated the Circuit Court judge viewed the offending as being on the higher end of the scale, although the judge had stated it wasn't the most serious case to come before the courts. It appeared to have been accepted that the offending was not on the higher level and the Court of Appeal agreed with that assessment, he added.

The man was required to undertake the Building Better Lives sex offenders programme, enter into his own bond of €100 to keep the peace, and be of good behaviour while in prison and for three years post release.

Irish Independent

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