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Saturday 26 May 2018

Pervert who had 114 images of boys in their pants jailed

Scheming paedophile Anthony Luckwill is back in prison
Scheming paedophile Anthony Luckwill is back in prison

Convicted paedophile Anthony Luckwill is back behind bars after repeatedly breaching a child protection order.

UK citizen Luckwill (45) has a history of claiming to be involved in film production, and as far back as 1999 he had set up a child acting agency in Kerry.

He has numerous convictions for possessing child pornography in Ireland and Wales.

In 2012 a court imposed 16 orders against him as part of child protection measures introduced in the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

These included forbidding him from posing as a film director or journalist in search of child subjects.

Modelling

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that, in November 2016, Luckwill approached a woman in the Longford Arms hotel and told her he was involved in the modelling industry and encouraged her to send her two young sons for auditions.

Luckwill had rented premises from the Chamber of Commerce in Longford on the pretence of running a business.

When gardai became aware of his presence in the town they approached him and searched him.

They found two devices that contained 114 images of young boys in their underwear.

The court heard the images were not categorised under the law as child pornography, but that Luckwill admitted he breached the 2012 court order by having them.

He also admitted breaching the same order by changing his name by deed poll in February last year and by accessing social networking sites.

He had told gardai he was assuming the new name Colin Harold Gregory and he planned to move to the UK.

Judge Pauline Codd imposed a two-year prison sentence and suspended the last six months.

She said the most serious breach was Luckwill presenting himself as someone with contacts in modelling because it involved seeking access to children.

Diarmaid Collins, defending, said his client wished to change his name because of the media attention he attracted.

Counsel said journalists had doorstepped him at hostels he was staying at and as he attended Probation Service offices.

He said there was fire damage to a house he had stayed at with a friend.

Mr Collins also said there was a reported incident where a member of the public had to be escorted because a group of people mistook him for Luckwill.

Luckwill also has a conviction in Guernsey for inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency and convictions for sexual assault and defilement of a young boy in Meath.

Dating

Sgt David Grogan told the court that in January last year, off-icers went to visit Luckwill at his rented room in Rathgar and seized a laptop and an iPod.

The laptop was set up to delete the internet search history every hour.

A total of 114 images of young boys in underwear were found on the devices as well as evidence of Luckwill visiting a number of social media websites, including dating sites involving profiles created using online pseudonyms.

Luckwill was in breach of the order prohibiting him from looking at images of children naked or in their undergarments.

Counsel said there was no evidence that his client was using social media for predatory behaviour.

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