Wednesday 19 September 2018

Student jailed for horrific child porn

Conor Emmet was jailed on child pornography charges
Conor Emmet was jailed on child pornography charges

Sarah Jane Murphy

A young man caught with graphic child pornography showing the rape and torture of a baby girl has been jailed for 15 months.

Gardaí found 5,919 images and 328 video files on two laptops and a phone belonging to Conor Emmett (20) after an intelligence operation involving the FBI and Europol.

The court was told the graphic material was on the upper end of seriousness in such cases.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday morning, Judge Karen O'Connor suspended the last 15 months of a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Detective Garda Bríd ­Wallace, from the Cyber Crime Bureau, said the images and movies spanned all categories of seriousness, including video files showing the rape and torture of an 18-month-old girl.

Emmett, of Northway Estate, Finglas, Dublin, pleaded guilty to possessing the digital images and movies on two laptops at his home on May 17, 2016.

He had no previous ­convictions.

Judge O'Connor said this was by no means a victimless crime and must be taken very seriously.

However, she noted his early plea, the fact he was a very good student, and has engaged in intensive rehabilitation.

Det Gda Wallace told Derek Cooney BL, ­prosecuting, that one video showed an 18-month-old girl being sexually abused by a masked female.

The court heard the child has since been identified in Thailand and taken to safety.

"She has no recollection of the abuse but suffered serious internal damage and will not be in a position to have children when she is older," Det Gda Wallace said.

The detective told Mr ­Cooney that gardaí also found a ­'Welcome to ­Paedophilia ­Handbook' on Emmett's ­computer.

A Garda memo of ­interviews stated Emmett had first ­accessed child porn when he was aged 16.

The court previously heard gardaí raided Emmett's home in May 2016 and he admitted he had accessed child porn.

Irish Independent

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