By Sonya McLean & Brion Hoban
A man who admitted viewing child pornography for five years has been spared jail.
Ciaran Moore (63) told gardaí that he had been the victim of sexual abuse as a child himself but said he had never done anything to any child.
Moore of Pecks Lane, Castleknock, Dublin 15 pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to knowingly being in possession of child pornography on November 30, 2016.
He has been registered as a sexual offender since he entered pleas of guilty.
Det Gda Michael Fitzgerald said that 536 images and 35 movie files of child pornography were found on the four devices. He analysed the material and found that a number of images showed children aged between one and 14 years engaged in or witnessing sexual activity.
Judge Melanie Greally said Moore has been diagnosed with a form of Motor Neurone Disease and his condition is at this point said to be stable.
She said the court “can infer he is not a man who is indifferent to the welfare and suffering of children” and it is “somewhat ironic” that the content of this case contains “a significant volume” of images of children aged between one and ten.
Judge Greally sentenced Moore to two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment, but suspended the sentence on strict conditions including that he not have any unsupervised access to children.