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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Sex fiend used web cafes to download porn stash

FOUL: Girl as young as two found in pervert's 35,000 sordid images

A CONVICTED sex offender who hoarded over 35,000 child pornography images after downloading the material in internet cafes has been jailed for two years.

Adrian Savage (48) of Millward Terrace, Meath Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, was caught downloading child porn in internet cafes in 2007 and again in 2008.

In 2009 a garda, who had investigated him previously, followed into a cafe and saw him downloading pornography on to a USB stick.

Savage had already received a three-year suspended sentence in 2004 after he pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of child pornography

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday to three charges of possessing child pornography between September 15, 2007 and May 19, 2009.



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Judge Patricia Ryan said she noted his two previous convictions for similar offences and he had undergone a treatment programme but re-offended.

She said a custodial sentence was merited "to mark the seriousness of the case".

The judge handed down a three-year sentence, suspending the last year of it for three years, and ordered he be supervised by the probation services for 18 months.

Dr Patrick Randall, the assistant director of the Granada Institute who assessed Savage, described his offending behaviour as "absolutely bizarre" and "something deeper seated than a sexual attraction".

He told Philipp Rahn, defending, that Savage's "primary activity was the collecting and hoarding of the images".

Dr Randall told Judge Patricia Ryan that he felt that Savage had "anger towards society due to his estrangement from it" and this may have been the motivation behind hoarding such "horrendous items that are so disliked by society".

He described it as "a stand alone case" and said it was the most unusual one he had ever dealt with. "I have never seen the like of it," Dr Randall said.

Savage downloaded many of the images on to USB keys while sitting in internet cafes and at times did not own a computer to view the material on.

The images were found on a number of CDs and DVDs, a laptop, a hard drive, 17 photo albums and six USB keys.

They were analysed by gardai and found to contain 34,699 images and 460 movies, some depicting girls as young as two.

The prosecuting gardai in the case accepted that Savage's offending "was part of an addictive and compulsive behaviour".

Savage told Detective Garda Chris Cahill on arrest in 2008, "Yes, guard. It is true. It is not my fault. It's an addiction."

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