Matthew Horan jailed for luring young girls into internet sex
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.