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Saturday 26 May 2018

Man sent for trial on child porn charges

A man is facing trial on multiple counts of possession of child pornography and the sexual exploitation of a child. Stock picture
A man is facing trial on multiple counts of possession of child pornography and the sexual exploitation of a child. Stock picture

A man has been sent for trial on multiple counts of possession of child pornography and the sexual exploitation of a child.

The accused, who is in his late 20s and cannot be identified for legal reasons, is facing 14 charges of sexually exploiting a child on dates between January 2014 and May 2014.

He is further accused of knowingly possessing 717 images of child porn on his laptop at an address in Kildare in February 2016.

He was served with a book of evidence during his second appearance at Balbriggan District Court.

Surrendered

Judge Conal Gibbons was told the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to the accused being returned for trial.

Judge Gibbons made an order sending him forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on June 1.

Under the terms of his bail, he has to reside at an address given to gardai. He has surrendered his passport and is to have no contact with the injured parties, as well as being available to gardai by mobile phone.

Legal aid was granted and two counsel were assigned.

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