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Man caught with indecent photos of kids on telephone avoids jail

A Dublin man residing in Kincasslagh has averted jail after being present in possession of 40 indecent photos on a cell phone.

Patrick O’Keefe, aged 39, was handed a 12-month suspended sentence when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court docket.

The daddy-of-one, with an handle at Chapel Street, Belcruit, Kincasslagh, however initially from Crumlin in Dublin, pleaded responsible to the possession of kid pornography.

The pictures had been discovered on O’Keefe’s telephone after he turned himself in to Dungloe garda station on October 2, 2020. He was charged for the offence, which is opposite to Part 6 (1) of the Baby Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1998.

Detective Garda Simon Halpin advised State prosecutor Ms Fiona Crawford BL that Gardai turned conscious of the possession and distribution of indecent photos of kids following an alert from the nationwide centre for lacking and exploited kids, who mentioned an image had been uploaded and shared on Discord, an internet gaming and chat platform.

The IP handle was traced to a property at St Agnes Park in Crumlin, Dublin.

Gardai entered the home armed with a search warrant on October 2, 2022. O’Keefe’s father, Patrick Snr,  celebrating his 74th birthday in the home together with his two daughters.

Detective Garda Halpin mentioned that it turned clear that Mr O’Keefe senior was not technically savvy and was, subsequently, not an individual of curiosity.

The accused man was on FaceTime to these on the occasion. He had resided in the identical home till July 2020 when he moved to Donegal.

That night time, O’Keefe introduced himself at Dungloe garda station and handed over a Dell laptop computer, an Apple iPad and a Samsung cell phone.

Officers analysed the telephone, which contained 122,000 photographs and 4,000 video recordsdata. Of these, 40 had been deemed to be youngster pornography. A type of photos confirmed penetrative sexual exercise between an grownup and a toddler, whereas the others confirmed pre-teen or early teen females posing in a sexual method.

O’Keefe was interviewed at Milford Garda Station in September 2021 having advised Gardai that he needed to get the matter sorted as quickly as doable.,

In an interview, he advised investigating officers that what he had completed was ‘horrendous’. “I’m sorry that you simply guys have to have a look at that,” he mentioned.

O’Keefe mentioned he had quite a bit happening on the time of the incident and, throughout a interval when he was isolating himself from others, he was taking medication and alcohol and viewing pornography. He advised Gardai that he was not actively on the lookout for youngster pornography on the time.

In October 2021, O’Keefe was reported as a lacking particular person and was situated within the Inishowen space.

Wearing a shirt and tie, O’Keefe took to the witness field and mentioned he understood the influence of his actions.

“I’m conscious that if individuals don’t take a look at this sort of materials then it doesn’t exist,” he mentioned “I totally perceive the injury completed to the youngsters concerned. The individuals viewing it retains it going. I perceive that taking a look at it contributes.”

O’Keefe advised Decide John Aylmer that he didn’t understand how ‘I acquired to the place I acquired’ and mentioned: “I do know I’m not going to be there once more.”

O’Keefe mentioned he has a number of trauma from his childhood that he hasn’t handled and has chosen ‘poor coping mechanisms’.

“I’m sorry,” he added.

O’Keefe advised the court docket that he suffers with an autoimmune situation that has resulted in a number of surgical procedures, together with the elimination of sweat glands, and has left him with low vanity.

The accused mentioned that he not too long ago misplaced his job of 12 years because of this incident. He mentioned a few of his closest buddies had been colleagues and he has now misplaced these too.

Mr Colm Smyth SC represented O’Keefe alongside Mr Niall O’Neill BL, instructed by solicitor Mr Frank Dorrian. Mr Smyth mentioned his consumer has been ‘proactive’ in coping with the problems and requested Decide Aylmer to contemplate a non-custodial sentence.

“His complete strategy has been accountable,” Mr Smyth mentioned. “There’s some substance in what he mentioned about felling upon these photos.

“He has suffered in his private life and has introduced disgrace on himself and his household. That’s secondary to the younger individuals who have been used and abused in circumstances like this.

“He has misplaced his employment so there have been private penalties too.”

Decide Aylmer described the matter as ‘a severe offence’ and mentioned it merited a time period of 18 months imprisonment earlier than bearing in mind the mitigating elements.

He mentioned O’Keefe was earlier than the court docket with out earlier convictions, voluntarily attended at a garda station together with his digital tools and supplied a full admission about his involvement.

Decide Aylmer complimented O’Keefe for persevering with counselling on the One In 4 organisation ‘very efficiently’ and famous that he had tough experiences rising up which ‘sadly had a unfavorable influence on his growth’.

O’Keefe has already ‘suffered significantly’ having misplaced his employment not too long ago and can now be positioned on the intercourse offender’s register.

“Aside from this outrageous offence, he has lived as an individual of in any other case good character,” Decide Aylmer mentioned.

O’Keefe was sentenced to 12 month in jail with the whole lot of the sentence upon O’Keefe coming into a bond to maintain the peace and be of excellent behaviour for 12 months.

Man caught with indecent photos of kids on telephone avoids jail was final modified: November 1st, 2023 by Workers Author