Matthew Horan jailed for luring young girls into internet sex
Dublin man Matthew Horan, who sexually exploited girls as young as nine through social media, has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years, with the final two years suspended.
Horan, from St John’s Crescent in Clondalkin, used Snapchat, Instagram, musical.ly and Kik to ask young girls to send him sexually explicit videos and pictures.
The 26-year-old gathered thousands of images of the girls after obtaining them through various apps.
In one case, he threatened an 11-year-old that he would circulate naked pictures of her to her friends if she refused to send him more.
He also recorded video and audio conversations with the children on Skype, including 60 videos of two nine-year-olds with whom he had contact.
He was convicted on charges of child exploitation involving 15 children online and the distribution of child abuse images, among other offences.
Sentencing Horan, Judge Martin Nolan said to describe his actions as “depraved” was an understatement.
He described Horan as a person with a debased interest in sex and an “unhealthy and insidious interest in children,” adding all of the crimes were committed for his own “indulgence and pleasure”.
Judge Nolan said anyone who had listened to the evidence in relation to the conversations he held online with children “could not but be appalled” by their content.
He added that Horan had “exploited children in a horrible way”, which would have long-terms effects on his victims and their families.
Judge Nolan said Horan was an “inadequate” individual who was “incapable” of forming normal relationships and who led an “introverted and lonely life”.
‘Loner’ used social media to sexually abuse young girls
A Dublin man who pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of child sex abuse images coerced young girls into sending graphic pictures and videos of themselves through social media, a court was told.
Matthew Horan, 26, used Skype, Snapchat, Instagram and Kik, an anonymous messaging application, to send and receive images from six children in Ireland and nine unidentified children around the world.
A forensic examination of Horan’s computer revealed Skype calls between him and two girls aged 9.
The recordings included footage of the girls engaging in explicit acts.
Dublin circuit criminal court was told that Horan threatened to share an 11-year-old girl’s nude images to her friends on social media if she did not send him more graphic photos.
Judge Martin Nolan ruled nothing should be reported that could identify Horan’s victims. As prosecuting barrister Lorcan Staines outlined in graphic detail the facts behind the charges, Horan, dressed in a white shirt and maroon pullover, with black-rimmed glasses, sat hunched forward, staring at the ground, expressionless.