A father-of-one who was caught with more than 4,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse has walked free from court with a fully suspended sentence.

Michal Wojciak (36), of Ridgewood Grove, Swords came forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on a signed plea of guilty from the District Court.

He admitted possession of the child pornography at his former home in Sandyford on September 19, 2012. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Cormac Quinn sentenced Wojciak to two years in prison but suspended this sentence due to his cooperation with gardai, his remorse and the administrative delay in dealing with the offence.

The judge also noted that Wojciak had not come to garda attention since and that both a probation report and a psychologist’s report had assessed him as being at low risk of re-offending.

At an earlier hearing Detective Garda Suzanne Carlos said gardai secured “an address of interest” following peer-to-peer software monitoring in which the downloading of a number of images was “flagged”.

During a search of Wojciak’s apartment, two laptops, two external hard drives and a CD were seized.

The items were not forensically analysed until August 2016, during which 681 videos and 3,873 images of child pornography were discovered.

Det Gda Carlos confirmed that the images and videos, one of which was 24 minutes long, were of pre-teen girls and teenage girls engaged in various sexual activity, including interactions with adults.

Wojciak made full admissions, although he initially denied that he had “actively looked for child pornography”. The court heard he had not shared the images.

Det Gda Carlos said the delay in having the confiscated items analysed was due to “a major resource issue” within the unit at the time.

Wojciak told gardai in January 2018: “A lot of stuff happened in the last five years … I regret what I did, what I did was wrong and I have to take the consequences.”

Tusla became involved when gardai learned that Wojciak had a child but no concerns came to light.

His legal counsel said he lost his job in 2018 as a result of this case.

Judge Quinn ordered Wojciak to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years and to remain under the supervision of the Probation Services during this time.

Wojciak was also ordered to continue to engage in a sex offenders’ treatment programme, to take part in any offence and victim-focused work as directed, and not to have any contact, direct or indirect, with any child under the age of 18, except in the presence of the parent or guardian of the child.