October 2012

Nurse’s aid given suspended sentence for child porn offences

A NURSE’S aid who was also previously a corporal in the Defence Forces has been given a suspended jail sentence for possession of child pornography.

Peter McEvoy (63) admitted the offences on the 27th and 29th June 2009.

Gardai were alerted by a PC repair technician on the 27th June as he went to service a computer McEvoy left into his shop.

In a follow up search at McEvoy’s then home on the 29th June, a laptop and a number of discs were removed.

In all gardai found a total of 8,584 digital photographs and 697 videos.

Mr Jonathan Kilfeather, defending, told Dundalk circuit criminal court that McEvoy came across it by accident and believed that by down-loading the files he was removing them from the Internet.

This became an addiction.

He reached the rank of corporal in the Defence Forces when he was 37 but was injured on an overseas tour of duty and his army career came to an end.

He lived in Thailand for a while and in 2003 began work as a carer with with St John of Gods in Drumcar, county Louth.

The accused has “been shunned” by his friends and work colleagues and has little contact with his family and none with his grandchildren.

Det. Garda Sean Fitzpatrick said McEvoy had fully co-operated with the garda investigation.

A psychologist report said McEvoy, with an address at Boyle O’Reilly Terrace, Drogheda, county Louth, but now living at Water’s Edge, Ballyleague, county Roscommon, showed contrition for his behaviour and did not regard it as a victimless crime.

Judge Michael O’Shea said that child pornography is the “most serious exploitation and sexual abuse of young children and a violation of their basic rights.”

He imposed a two and a half year sentences and suspended them for three years on McEvoy entering into a good behaviour bond.

He was placed on the sex offender’s register for five years.