May 2018

Man (20) caught with ‘paedophile handbook’ and vile images jailed

A Dublin man caught with graphic child abuse images showing the sadistic rape and torture of a baby girl has been jailed for 15 months.

Gardai also found a “Welcome to Paedophilia Handbook” on Conor Emmett’s computer.

This included sections entitled ‘How to handle police and the public if things go wrong’, ‘How to have sex with kids in safe and rewarding ways’ and ‘Hunting season’

Gardai found 5,919 images and 328 video files on two laptops and a phone belonging to Conor Emmett (20) after an intelligence operation involving the FBI and Europol.

Gardai said the graphic material was at the upper end of seriousness in such cases.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday morning, Judge Karen O’Connor suspended the last 15 months of a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Det Gda Brid Wallace, from the Cyber Crime Bureau, said the images and videos spanned all categories of seriousness, including video files showing the rape and torture of an 18-month-old girl.

Emmett, of Northway Estate, Finglas, pleaded guilty to possessing the digital images and videos on two laptops at his home on May 17, 2016. 

In sentencing him, Judge O’Connor said this was by no means a victimless crime and must be taken very seriously by the court.

Prosecuting, that one video showed an 18-month-old girl being sexually abused by a masked female. The court heard that this child has since been identified in Thailand and has been taken to safety.

“She has no recollection of the abuse but suffered serious internal damage and will not be in a position to have children when she is older,” Det Gda Wallace said.

A garda memo of interviews stated that Emmett had first accessed child sexual abuse images when he was aged 16.

The court previously heard that Emmett came to garda attention when the FBI began monitoring a Tor network after arresting an individual in America.

The FBI passed this user’s and other Irish users’ IP addresses to Europol, who sent them to gardai at the Online Child Exploitation Unit.

Gardai raided Emmett’s home in May 2016 and he admitted he had accessed child sexual abuse images