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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Carer dad had child porn on his computer

A man who gave up his job to care for his sick mother had 71 pornographic images and videos of girls aged from four to 14 on his computer, a court has heard.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that father-of-five Hugh Maguire (54) downloaded the "disgusting" images in the year following his elderly mother's death.

Maguire, of Grace O'Malley Road, Howth, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography at his home on March 5, 2009.

Detective Garda Martin Hogan, an expert in computer forensics, told prosecuting counsel Kerida Naidoo that he examined the computer found at Maguire's home and found 69 images of child pornography.

These included 59 images of girls, aged between four and 14, posing naked. Ten other images showed the girls of a similar age range being sexually assaulted.

Det Garda Hogan said he also found two files containing video footage of naked girls aged between 10 and 14.

He said he believed the images had been downloaded over a nine-month period and that they could not have ended up on the computer accidently.







Disgusting

Garda Sergeant Gary Kelly said Maguire told him he hadn't gone looking for the child porn and had only been searching for adult porn.

Dominic McGinn, defending, said his client didn't delete the "disgusting" images and did look at them and that he felt shame and remorse for this.

He said his client had a sad life and that he had worked from an early age to support the family after his father had died.

He said he had separated from his wife in the 1980s and had five children who were grown up.

Mr McGinn said that he had given up his job when his mother suffered a stroke and spent 12 years as her full-time carer up to the year before this offence took place, when she died.

The court heard that the IP address of Maguire's computer came up during an Interpol investigation of the hacking by individuals across 170 countries of a website in Croatia.

The IP address was given to gardai who linked it to Maguire's telephone number and home address. Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the matter until Monday next to consider his sentence.

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