Young teenagers visiting Cork from Europe were secretly filmed in the shower and toilet of a guesthouse in Cork and some of the videos were uploaded to pedophile sites on the dark web.
A 30-year-old Cork man who confessed to production and distribution of child pornography in respect of 13 victims was jailed for three years today at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Because of a specific concern relating to the possibility of identifying some victims, Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin agreed to make an order that the accused man could not be identified in coverage of the case.
As well as putting secret cameras into a Lynx deodorant spray can in one instance, and other hidden cameras in the bathroom at his home he also used similar covert techniques in public places. The detective sergeant in his area who investigated the case said that videos of children using toilets were also generated at two Cork shopping centres and one at a swimming pool.
Although he has never been identified publicly he lost his job as a result of an anonymous call to his employer in relation to these matters.
Defence senior counsel Elizabeth O’Connell said of the invasive images that they did not relate to sexual acts and were voyeuristic in nature. The investigating detective agreed.
He added that, as well as the 13 production and distribution charges, there was a 14th count related to possession of child pornography. These images and videos included sexual acts but none of them were generated by the accused in this case.
His activities related to a period from 2011 to 2016. His identity became known to gardaí when he accessed a site on the dark web that was being monitored by the FBI.
The children in the videos from the house in Cork were all in their early teens. Children at the shopping centres and pool were younger – being aged around 10. Most were girls.