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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Paedophile with 12,700 child porn images jailed

A CONVICTED sex offender who admitted he has a compulsion to accessing child pornography has been jailed after a judge said he is a danger to society.

Anthony Keogh (53) was caught with 12,756 images of children engaged in sexual acts with adults and in various states of undress.

His previous convictions include a six-year term with three suspended for abusing a child in Limerick between 2004 and 2006.

The suspended portion of the term handed down at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court in 2008 had just expired the previous month when Keogh pleaded guilty to the current charge last March.

He was convicted of a second offence of sexually assaulting another child in July 1997 and a charge of indecent exposure of himself to a minor in December 1989.

Keogh pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the images in his home in Leinster Road, Dublin, on September 5, 2012.

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"He seems to have an attraction to children and has difficulty controlling that attraction so he is a danger to society as he currently stands before me," Judge Martin Nolan said before sentencing Keogh to four years with one suspended.

He commended the gardai for their "exhaustive and very difficult work" in searching and analysing thousands of files found on Keogh's laptop and three USB keys.

"The law is there to protect children at large. If there was no appetite for these types of images of children, they would not be exploited in this fashion - an exploitation which is probably taking place many miles from these shores," Judge Nolan said.

He said it was appalling what Keogh had done, but he had taken into account his plea, co-operation with gardai and genuine expression of remorse.

He acknowledged that Keogh is beginning to have some insight into his problem and is beginning to engage with a therapy programme for sexual offenders.

Judge Nolan suspended the final year on condition that Keogh engage with the Probation Service for a year upon his release from custody and carry out two years of post-release supervision.

"His history is an indication that he is going to be difficult to reform and rehabilitate," the judge said.

A psychological report concluded that Keogh was honest in his attraction to young girls which he accepted needed to be managed for the rest of his life.

He had attended the sexual offenders treatment programme. Det Gda Tom Stack agreed that Keogh is genuinely ashamed and remorseful but needs continual help and support.

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