Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre director says child porn downloaders should be treated as abusers

The Director of the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre says people who download child pornography should be dealt with in the same manner as child abusers.

The comments follow a suspended sentence being handed down to a Tralee man yesterday who had downloaded over 60,000 child porn images.

Judge Tom O’Donnell said it was of ‘enormous concern’ to the court the case had taken so long to prosecute and accepted this was a resource issue with the Garda Computer Crime Investigation Unit.


Earlier this year, it was announced that more staff were being hired for the section.

Vera O’Leary, director of the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, says this concern has been echoed by other judges: