November 2016

Former music teacher jailed over child abuse material

A former music teacher and church organist has been sentenced to three years in jail on charges related to images and video of child abuse.

Eanna McKenna from College Green, Summerhill, Wexford town, who pleaded guilty in July to possession and distribution charges, was sentenced today at Wexford Circuit Court.

He distributed hundreds of sexually explicit images and video of boys aged between one and 15.

McKenna, 39, is a well-known music teacher in Co Wexford and had given music lessons, both privately and at a number of Wexford secondary schools.

He was also a local choir master and church organist and had performed on a number of television programmes from the county in the past.

The court heard the matter came to light when a man gave a statement to gardaí in June 2014 that he had been in a relationship with McKenna and this man had seen that McKenna had downloaded child abuse material.

He pleaded guilty to having 521 images and 159 video files of child abuse on a personal computer at his home in June 2014.

He also pleaded guilty to knowingly distributing material of child abuse.