Wednesday 25 April 2018

Dublin man charged with possession and distribution of some 60,000 child porn images

Glen McGowan, accused of possessing 60,000 images of child porn
Glen McGowan, accused of possessing 60,000 images of child porn

Eimear Cotter

A Dublin man has appeared in court charged with possessing and distributing some 60,000 computer images of child pornography.

Glen McGowan (38) is also alleged to have knowingly produced a video file of a young naked boy sitting in a bath.

He has been ordered by a judge not to use any computer file sharing software for the duration of the case.

Judge John Lindsay remanded Mr McGowan on bail with strict conditions to appear before the court again in November.

The accused, whose address is not to be published by order of the court, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with possessing child pornography on his computer, as well as on seven CDs, a computer mainframe and two external hard drives at his home on dates between July 2011 and September 2012.

He is further accused of knowingly distributing child pornography on December 26, 2010 and on unknown dates between January 2010 and July 2011.

Mr McGowan is also charged with sexually exploiting a child and with possession of a video file of a young naked boy for the purpose of distribution, public exploitation, sale or show.

Detective Garda Michael McGrath said it will be alleged that Mr McGowan possessed and distributed 60,000 images of child pornography on his computer and on webcam.

Gda McGrath said Mr McGowan was charged with the offences at Tallaght Garda Station at 9am on Thursday morning.

He said the accused made no reply to five of the charges, and in reply to the sixth charge he said "I don't recognise the name. I probably know him as a different name".

Gda McGrath said he had no objection to bail, subject to strict conditions.

Judge Lindsay remanded Mr McGowan on bail in his own bond of €1,000 cash. As part of his bail conditions he must sign on three times a week at Tallaght Garda Station.

He must also surrender his passport and have no contact with any witnesses in the case.

Gda McGrath also asked that Mr McGowan be restricted from using computer file sharing software.

Defence lawyer Gabby Deane asked that Mr McGowan not be identified on compassionate grounds, saying his parents are in their 70s and his mother suffers from depression.

Gda McGrath said the alleged victim, a minor, is not connected in any way to the accused.

Judge Lindsay ordered that nothing be reported which would identify, or be capable of identifying, the alleged victim.

The judge also imposed a restriction on the reporting of Mr McGowan's home address.

Gda McGrath said the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court on the charges.

Judge Lindsay adjourned the matter for eight weeks to a date in November for the service of the book of evidence.

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