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Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

A jilted boyfriend made a complaint to gardai about his gay lover when their relationship broke up, leading officers to arrest his ex-partner for possession of child pornography.

Officers seized the suspect's computer and questioned the man, who is aged in his 40s, for a number of hours before he was released without charge.

Sources said the suspected sex offender's problems began when his "very volatile" relationship with his boyfriend broke-up and officers became aware of his alleged interest in child pornography after receiving a complaint.

A detailed investigation began, which has now led to a file being prepared for the DPP after the arrest was made over the Christmas period.

The investigation is being led by the Garda Computer Crime Investigation Unit (CCIU) and Paedophile Investigation Unit as well as detectives in Co Wexford.

Meanwhile, after years of delays in prosecuting child pornography cases - which meant that in some cases it took more than three years to get computers and other data devices forensically analysed by experts - sources say the huge backlog is beginning to be reduced.

The reason for the lengthy delays was a lack of gardai at the CCIU.

However, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald told the Dail last July that an additional eight forensic examiners were being assigned to the CCIU and promised investment in technology.

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Ms Fitzgerald said extra resources were aimed at halting the growth in outstanding cases and addressing the backlog.

"Structures are to be put in place for fast-tracking cases that require early intervention," she said at the time.

"I am determined to ensure that we are in the position to respond effectively to the abuse of children through porno- graphy."

Sources have also revealed that specialist training in this type of crime has now been given to at least one officer in each garda division.

kfoy@herald.ie


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