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Friday 9 December 2016

Facebook photos of 19 girls uploaded to porn site, court told

Sexually-explicit captions describing activities of a sexual nature were added to the girls' photographs (Stock picture)
Sexually-explicit captions describing activities of a sexual nature were added to the girls' photographs (Stock picture)

A 22-year-old man yesterday appeared in court charged in connection with uploading 19 girls' Facebook profile pictures to a pornographic site.

At Ennis District Court, Evan Meehan appeared in connection with uploading 30 photos of local teenage girls to a pornographic site between October 2013 to the end of June 2014.

The 30 charges relate to 19 girls with 17 having Shannon addresses with two other girls living in the nearby villages of Sixmilebridge and Newmarket-on-Fergus.

All of the girls were Facebook friends of Mr Meehan while most went to the same secondary school in Shannon as him.

The alleged offences took place during a period when Mr Meehan was aged 19 and 20.

Det Garda Paul Coleman said in evidence on June 30 2014, a number of girls presented themselves to Shannon Garda Station.

Det Coleman said that the girls arrived at the station after discovering that Facebook profile pictures that they uploaded to their personal Facebook pages had been uploaded to a pornographic site without their knowledge or consent.

Det Coleman said that sexually-explicit captions describing activities of a sexual nature were added to the girls' photographs. Det Coleman handed an image of one of the uploaded photos to Judge Durcan.

Lewd

The detective said: "The alleged injured parties were happy to upload the pictures themselves to Facebook. They were in no way lewd or anyway suggestive in the poses contained.

"It is the captions that were added that caused offence at the time and that has lessened in time."

After hearing an outline of the case, Judge Patrick Durcan said that he would retain jurisdiction in the case and the case will be heard in the District Court. As a result, Mr Meehan, if convicted of any of the offences faces a much lower penalty regime.

If the case had gone to the circuit court, Mr Meehan would have been facing penalties of a prison term up to five years on conviction.

In the case, Mr Meehan is charged 30 times of knowingly making a false report tending to show that an offence had been committed contrary to section 12 (a) of the Criminal Law Act 1976.

Mr Meehan - of Dernish Lawn, Shannon in Co Clare - made no reply to each of the charges after caution. Judge Durcan adjourned the case to July 13 to Ennis District Court.

Mr Meehan is represented by solicitor, Stiofan Fitzpatrick in the case.

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