Thursday 21 September 2017

Optician watched child porn out of 'boredom'

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A DISPENSING OPTICIAN "drifted" into viewing vile child pornography – including children as young as eight having sex with adults – out of "boredom".

Conor Murphy (46) pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, including 586 image files of children ranging in age from six to 14 years.

Father-of-two Murphy pleaded guilty before Cork Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the images on his computer between March 31 and July 9 2010. Defence counsel, Tom Creed, said the matter has had "a catastrophic" impact on Murphy's life.

His marriage has broken down, his business was been affected and his greatest concern now was the effect the matter would have on his two young children.

"It has had devastating consequences both for him and for his family," he said.

Judge Petria McDonnell was told that Murphy co-operated fully with gardai when they first contacted him.

He showed gardai his laptop and admitted that the offending images might be found on the hard-drive.

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Judge McDonnell was told that Murphy, of Diamond Hill, Monkstown, Cork, had deleted the images shortly after he viewed them and had no way of accessing them on the hard-drive without specialist software.

A total of 586 image files were found by garda technical experts during an examination of the laptop.

These included 20 different images and 566 images or frames taken from a single video.

Gardai said that many of the images were in the most serious category of child pornography, involving children having oral and penetrative sex with adults.

Judge McDonnell was told that Murphy had been attending counselling for three years and deeply regretted his actions.

His marriage had broken down and he was dealing with remorse and guilt.

Counsellor Richard Dore said Murphy was not addicted to pornography but "drifted into it, so to speak" while dealing with personal problems.

He said that one of the reasons Murphy may have viewed the images was because of boredom. He considered Murphy to pose little or no risk of reoffending.

Judge McDonnell adjourned sentencing to tomorrow to allow her time to consider expert reports on Murphy submitted to the court.

Irish Independent

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