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Saturday 21 October 2017

Child porn offender let off with donation

A GARDA Headquarters civilian staff member caught with child pornography at his home is to be left without a conviction if he makes a charity donation.

Anthony Purdy (39) admitted possession of videos of children involved in sexual activity but will have the charge struck out if he contributes €2,500 to the Rape Crisis Centre.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell made the order after hearing Purdy had gone for counselling before the gardai were alerted to his activities.

A total of five downloaded video files were found on an external hard drive in a bedside locker at his Lucan apartment.

There were also a number of 'text files'. The case was back before Dublin District Court for the videos to be viewed by the judge after the DPP asked him to reconsider the issue of jurisdiction.

Judge O'Donnell said he "didn't like what he saw" but decided to keep the case in the District Court. Purdy, of Rosscourt Heights, Balgaddy Road, Lucan, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography on April 13, 2009.





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Garda James Neary told the court he received confidential information alleging that a civilian staff member at Garda Headquarters was in possession of child pornography.

A search of his home address proved negative but he told gardai he was no longer living there and gave them permission to search his flat.

He had a large amount of computer equipment. The video files of teenagers involved in sexual activity were found on an external hard drive in his bedside locker. There were also text files found. He admitted possession of the material when it was put to him.

Purdy was interviewed the following October at Lucan Garda Station and made full admissions, his barrister said.

He had no convictions of any kind. Asked if the accused had shown remorse, Garda Neary said Purdy had gone for counselling before the search.

aphelan@herald.ie

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