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Child porn offenders let off easy, says ISPCC

Irish law is not tough enough on child porn offenders, says the ISPCC.

In the two latest cases, Sam Wiltshire and David Ivers were caught with more than 16,000 images and videos of children between them.

Wiltshire was found with 1,000 images and videos of children as young as seven, some of whom were being raped.

Wiltshire (31), of Cedarbrook Walk, Ballyfermot, printed off more than 200 child pornography images in the photo developing shop where he worked. Gardai also found he was sharing images over peer-to-peer networks using programmes such as Limewire.

When gardai called to his home, a large amount of computer equipment was seized which included a laptop, a computer hard drive and 16 CDs.

A holdall bag was also found at the rear of the house which contained 210 developed photos of naked children.

Most of the pictures were of children aged 11 to 15 posing naked. He was given a three-year suspended sentence.

David Ivers (54) of Rathcoursey, Midleton, Co Cork, was told the 14,000 images he downloaded generated a reaction "approaching horror".

He got a four-year suspended jail sentence.

Depraved

"The Government needs to review the legislation dealing with cases of abusive images of children to ensure child pornography is seen for what it is, clear abuse of children, a depraved crime which should have serious consequences," said the ISPCC's Mary Nicholson.

"More intelligence resources need to be given to those who investigate these crimes and internet service providers need to be facilitated via legislation to take a more active role in blocking these images," added Ms Nicholson.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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