Tuesday 26 September 2017

IT expert caught with child porn

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Coghlan to two-and-a-half years in prison which he suspended in full on strict conditions. (Stock image)
Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Coghlan to two-and-a-half years in prison which he suspended in full on strict conditions. (Stock image)

Sonya McLean

An IT expert who began to trawl the darknet for child pornography websites has avoided a jail term after he downloaded more than 300 images.

Richard Coghlan (37) had recently lost his job and was sleeping all day and accessing these websites at night. He later told gardaí he went "into a hollow".

Detective Garda Kieran Murphy told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the Garda Computer Crime Investigation Unit had such a backlog of cases in 2010 that he didn't receive any results until November 2015.

Dt Gda Murphy said that in August 2010 Interpol had provided gardaí with an IP address that officers suspected had downloaded child pornography. The address was traced back to Coghlan and when gardaí arrived at his home to search it a month later, he immediately handed over two laptops.

Coghlan of Glenbrea Court, Shankill, Dublin, pleaded guilty to possession of 325 images on September 21, 2010. He has no previous convictions. Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Coghlan to two-and-a-half years in prison which he suspended in full on strict conditions.

Irish Independent

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