Friday 22 June 2018

Man charged with distributing child porn - including pictures, videos and cartoons

Dublin District Court
Dublin District Court

Andrew Phelan

A MAN has appeared in court charged with multiple counts of possession and distribution of child pornography at his Dublin home.

John O’Donoghue (37) is alleged to have had sexual images and videos of children, as well as “hentai” cartoons.

He is facing trial on 26 charges and the case against him was adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr O’Donoghue is charged with unlawful possession of child pornography at his home at Lissadell Drive, Drimnagh on dates between 2009 and 2012.

According to the charges, he is alleged to have knowingly been in possession of child pornography for the purpose of distribution, publication, exportation, sale or show.

The material alleged to have been found by gardai includes child sex images and videos, as well as CGI and hentai cartoons.

Today, Garda Ian Ward told Dublin District Court he arrested the accused at 8.30am at Dundrive Road Garda Station.

Mr O'Donoghue made no reply to any of the charges after caution and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Garda Ward said the DPP was directing trial on indictment on all charges and was consenting to the accused being sent forward on a signed plea if that arises.

Mr O’Donoghue has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

Judge Michael Walsh granted bail in the defendant’s own bond of €1,000 with no cash lodgement required.

Conditions are that he surrenders his passport, undertakes not to apply for any otehr travel documents and continues to live at the address given.

Judge Walsh said Mr O’Donoghue must attend every court date until the case is dealt with.

He adjourned the case to November 15, for the service of a book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Michael French applied for free legal aid, handing a copy of Mr O’Donoghue’s financial means in to court.

There was no garda objection and Judge Walsh granted legal aid.

The accused, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and brown shoes, remained silent throughout the brief hearing.

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