This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 13 °C Monday 14 October, 2019
Advertisement

Clare man charged with uploading photos of local teenage girls to porn site

The alleged offences took place during a period when he was aged 19 and 20.

(File photo)
(File photo)
Image: Shutterstock/nikitabuida

A 22-YEAR-OLD Shannon man yesterday appeared in court charged in connection with uploading 19 girls’ Facebook profile pictures to a pornographic site.

At Ennis District Court, Evan Meehan of Dernish Lawn, Shannon appeared in connection with uploading 30 photos of local teenage girls to a pornographic site between October 2013 to the end of June 2014.

The 30 charges relate to 19 girls with 17 having Shannon addresses with two other girls living in the nearby villages of Sixmilebridge and Newmarket-on-Fergus.

All of the girls were Facebook friends of Meehan while most went to the same secondary school in Shannon as him.

The alleged offences took place during a period when he was aged 19 and 20.

Giving an outline of the State’s case for Judge Patrick Durcan to decide if he will hear the case in the district court or transfer the case to the circuit court where tougher penalties apply on conviction, Det Garda Paul Coleman said in evidence on 30 June 2014, a number of girls presented themselves to Shannon Garda Station.

Det Coleman said that the girls arrived at the station after discovering that Facebook profile pictures that they uploaded to their personal Facebook pages had been uploaded to a pornographic site without their knowledge or consent.

Det Coleman said that sexually explicit captions describing activities of a sexual nature were added to the girls’ photographs.

Det Coleman handed an image of one of the uploaded photos to Judge Durcan.

The detective said:

The alleged injured parties were happy to upload the pictures themselves to Facebook. They were in no way lewd or anyway suggestive in the poses contained.

He said: “It is the captions that were added that caused offence at the time and that has lessened in time.”

District court

After hearing an outline of the case, Judge Durcan said that he would be retain jurisdiction in the case and the case will be heard in the district court.

As a result, Mr Meehan, if convicted of any of the offences faces a much lower penalty regime. If the case had gone to the circuit court, Meehan would have been facing penalties of a prison term up to five years on conviction.

However, as the case will now be heard in the district court, the penalties available to Judge Durcan on conviction include a prison term of up to 12 months or a fine not exceeding €600.

In the case, Meehan is charged 30 times of knowingly making a false report tending to show that an offence had been committed contrary to section 12 (a) of the Criminal Law Act 1976.

Meehan made no reply to each of the charges after caution.

Judge Durcan adjourned the case to 13 July to Ennis District Court. Meehan is represented by solicitor, Stiofán Fitzpatrick in the case and left the courtroom with him at the conclusion of the hearing yesterday.

Read: Images of young Cork women being used on ‘depraved’ porn site >

Poll: Do you think porn is a public health concern? >

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

Gordon Deegan

Read next:

COMMENTS