Saturday 10 December 2016

Man raped his disabled son for child porn tapes

Declan Brennan

Published 10/05/2016 | 02:30

Sentencing him yesterday, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said this was the most difficult case he had dealt with. Stock Picture
Sentencing him yesterday, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said this was the most difficult case he had dealt with. Stock Picture

A man who raped his own disabled child for the production of child pornography has been jailed for 20 years.

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The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his son, was identified by an international policing operation against child pornography.

The operation in Australasia identified an Irish user and this resulted in Europol contacting the Garda National Paedophile Investigation Unit here.

Detectives tracked the man down using an IP address and in March 2015 discovered 12,427 child porn images at his home.

These included images depicting graphic sexual assault by adults of children, including infants as young as two weeks.

Over 5,500 of the pictures related to his son, who was six to seven years old at the time the images were produced.

The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of rape and 10 counts of sex assault of his son between January 2014 and March 2015.

He also admitted three counts of sexual exploitation of his son, two counts of production of child porn and a single count of possession of child porn.

Sentencing him yesterday, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said this was the most difficult case he had dealt with.

The judge said the father's breach of trust was magnified because of his son's disability, which left him unable to speak.

He said the man developed a taste for child porn and decided it was necessary to generate his own using his son. This was then distributed to others.

Mr Justice Hunt said that it was unbearably sad that a disabled child should be treated like this.

He said the mitigating factors for the accused were his early plea of guilty and his remorse, including concern he expressed for his son during a garda interview.

He ordered the man to comply with the Probation Services for a post-release supervision period of five years and he backdated his sentence to April 2015, when the man went into custody on these offences.

Irish Independent

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