Saturday 17 August 2019

Judge tells man who put Facebook photos of 19 girls on porn site it was 'appalling' act

'The 30 charges relate to 19 girls who live in the Shannon area' Stock photo: Getty
'The 30 charges relate to 19 girls who live in the Shannon area' Stock photo: Getty

Gordon Deegan

A man had engaged in "appalling behaviour" by uploading 19 girls' Facebook profile pictures to a pornographic site, a judge said.

At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan described Evan Meehan's offences as "lurid carry-on".

Meehan, of Dernish Lawn, Shannon, Co Clare, has pleaded guilty to uploading 30 photos of local teenage girls to a pornographic site between October 2013 and June 2014.

The 30 charges relate to 19 girls who all live in the Shannon area.

Meehan acted alone in the crime and a number of the captions accompanying the innocent photos claimed the girls were elsewhere depicted engaging in various sexual acts with their fathers.

The offences took place when Meehan was aged 19 and 20. They came to light after a number of girls went to Shannon garda station on June 30, 2014.

Meehan had no previous convictions.

Judge Durcan told Meehan's solicitor Stiofán Fitzpatrick that he was considering a prison sentence in the case, but he had persuaded him otherwise.

The judge added: "His behaviour was appalling."

Mr Fitzpatick agreed and replied: "Absolutely."

Impact

However, he said that Meehan was a young man at the time and the offences date back to 2013 and 2014.

Meehan has engaged with the Probation Services over and above what he was asked to do and has organised counselling for himself.

Mr Fitzpatrick said that the matter had a significant impact on Meehan's family and that his father has attended court with him every time.

Addressing Meehan, Judge Durcan said that if he didn't take good advice from Mr Fitzpatick, "you wouldn't be here today, you would be down in Limerick".

He added: "I want to compliment you on your very good co-operation with the Probation Service. There was an issue that had to be dealt with."

Judge Durcan further told Meehan: "I hope you appreciate the love and concern for you that your family has shown towards you and how lucky you are because many people come in here and they don't have anyone."

The judge said that if progress continues to be made, he will finalise the case in May of next year.

Judge Durcan further remanded Meehan on bail and adjourned the case until May 2 next year.

Irish Independent

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