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Friday 24 January 2020

Man who dowloaded 'degrading' child porn is spared prison term

Bartosz Kepczynski downloaded images out of ‘curiosity’. Photo: Collins
Bartosz Kepczynski downloaded images out of ‘curiosity’. Photo: Collins

Greater obligations on technology companies to notify gardai of potential child pornography has resulted in an increase in the workload of officers investigating the crime, a court has heard.

Det Gda Cliff Cullen, of the Garda Computer Crime Investigation Unit (CCIU), was giving evidence at the sentencing hearing of a Polish man who was caught with images of boys and girls between the ages of four and nine "being orally raped".

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Bartosz Kepczynski (43) downloaded the images "out of curiosity" and did not find them sexually arousing. After his arrest, he told gardai he felt ashamed and disgusted by his actions.

Kepczynski, formerly of North Circular Road, Dublin, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography at his home on June 19, 2014.

Degrading

Det Gda Cullen told Judge Pauline Codd that "the term 'child pornography' is a cold, clinical term" that does not adequately capture the nature of the offending.

Judge Codd said the images depicted behaviour that was degrading and a gross abuse of innocence and of the bodily autonomy and human rights of children.

Eight images and one video file were found on computer equipment seized during a search of Kepczynski's home in June 2014.

The search came after an Interpol investigation detected downloading of illegal material from that address.

The equipment was not for-ensically analysed until September 2017 due to the backlog of cases dealt with by the garda unit, Det Gda Cullen said.

Judge Codd suspended an 18-month prison term on condition the defendant continue to engage with sex offender therapy. He has no other convictions.

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