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Friday 15 December 2017

Man (37) on 26 child pornography charges

John O'Donoghue
John O'Donoghue

A man has appeared in court charged with multiple counts of possession and distribution of child pornography at his Dublin home.

John O'Donoghue (37) is alleged to have had sexual images and videos of children, as well as computer generated imagery and "hentai" cartoons.

He is facing trial on 26 charges and the case against him was adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr O'Donoghue is charged with unlawful possession of child pornography at his home at Lissadell Drive, Drimnagh, between 2009 and 2012.

According to the charges, he is alleged to have knowingly been in possession of child pornography for the purpose of distribution, publication, exportation, sale or show.

Garda Ian Ward told Dublin District Court he arrested the accused at Dundrive Road Garda Station. Mr O'Donoghue made no reply to any of the charges after caution and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

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Gda Ward said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was directing trial on indictment on all charges and was consenting to the accused being sent forward on a signed plea, if that arose.

Mr O'Donoghue has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

Judge Michael Walsh granted bail in the defendant's own bond of €1,000 with no cash lodgement required.

Conditions imposed were that he surrendered his passport, undertook not to apply for any other travel documents and continued to live at the given address.

Judge Walsh said Mr O'Donoghue had to attend every court date until the case was dealt with. He adjourned the case to November 15, for the service of a book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Michael French applied for legal aid, handing a copy of Mr O'Donoghue's financial means to the court. There was no garda objection and Judge Walsh granted it.

The accused, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and brown shoes, remained silent throughout the brief hearing.

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