Man jailed over child pornographyTuesday 19 February 2013 17.59
A man has been sentenced to three years in prison, with the final two years suspended, after admitted he distributed child pornography.
Eamonn Comerford, 52, a former facilities manager at the Cork School of Music and two other schools, pleaded guilty to knowingly distributing two child pornography images on the internet.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing 422 images and 36 movies on computer equipment.
The charges related to a period between 1 January 2005, and 15 April 2010, the date on which he was arrested by gardai following a complaint by a colleague who found images on a USB stick.
A garda witness said the images were at the higher end of the scale and that he had admitted that he had sent images to people in chatrooms with similar interests as his own.
Comerford, a father of two, told the court that he became addicted to child pornography and became de-sensitized to it.
The children were just objects he told Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
He said he had undertaken extensive counselling at his own cost and now realizes that these children are real people.
He told the court the hardest thing for him to accept is that there is nobody he can say he is sorry to.
He said he could never go near child pornography again for the sake of his children, his family, and all the children he has hurt.
Judge Sean O'Donnabhain said this is a problem the man had for years, while working abroad and here, and remained so until it became detected.
He accepted that the man had fully co-operated with gardai, and had pleaded guilty from the outset but said he took the view that the distribution of child pornography is entirely reprehensible and cannot be tolerated by the courts and a prison sentence is warranted.
He sentenced him to three years in prison, with the final two years suspended on the basis that he continues to receive counselling.
He gave him a 12-month sentence for possessing child pornography, which is to run concurrently.
He ordered that his named by placed on the Sex Offenders Register.