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Woman guilty of posting false sex ads on internet

A WOMAN has been convicted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of posting ads offering sex on a classifieds website on behalf of two unwitting people.

A jury returned verdicts of guilty on all four counts of defamation and guilty on two counts of publishing material which was grossly offensive, indecent or obscene.

Aishling Madden (34) of Monastery Drive, Clondalkin, was accused of putting up posts on behalf of Mr David Henry and Ms Louise Vivash on the Gumtree website, offering various sexual acts and listing the pair's phone numbers and addresses. Ms Vivash told the court she received up to 20 calls from interested parties before the ad was taken down.



Sentence

Judge Patrick McCartan remanded Madden on bail pending sentence at the end of the month.

The court had heard that Madden told gardai four people were in her house on the night the posts were made and they did it as a practical joke. She said she could not remember their names or addresses.

Madden said in interview that she was working as a temporary receptionist for Accenture in May 2006.

She said she came across Ms Vivash's CV on the work computer and decided to email it to herself as she thought it was a good example of a receptionist's CV and she wanted to study it to improve her own.

Sgt Coogan said Ms Vivash's CV appeared alongside the sexual comments and her contact details on the Gumtree website.

In a second interview Madden told gardai that three males and one female were in her house on the night the posts were made. She said they had found Ms Vivash's CV and posted it online along with the sexual comments.



Meeting

She told gardai she only knew them through meeting them a few times in the city centre.

Mark Gibson, who worked with Gumtree at the time, gave evidence of the two messages that were posted on June 18 or 19, 2006.

He said one gave Mr Henry's phone number and work email. It said he was a "keen operator" who liked to be called "captain caveman".

The other message was titled 'Diva with a heart of gold' and gave the phone number and email of Ms Vivash.

It included the line: "Snell Snell Snell, I also speak good German during adult playtime."

Both Mr Henry and Ms Vivash said that the content of the ads was not true.

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