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Church organist accused of having 551 child porn pictures and 167 movies

Eanna McKenna (Pic: Wexford People)
Eanna McKenna (Pic: Wexford People)

A well-known music teacher, choir master and church organist, has appeared in court accused of knowingly distributing child pornography for the purpose of distribution, publication, exportation, sale or show.

Eanna McKenna of 37 College Green, Summerhill, Wexford, was further charged with having 521 images of child pornography on a computer in his possession on June 12 last year, along with 167 movies of child pornography.

Formal evidence of arresting and charging McKenna on the morning of the court sitting was given by Garda Sergeant Stephen Ennis.

The sergeant reported that the accused man had no comment when the charges, brought under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1988, were put to him.

The prosecution sought a six week adjournment for preparation of the book of evidence, indicating that the case will be referred from the District Court to the Circuit Court.

No objection was offered to the granting of bail, subject to conditions which had been agreed with the defence.

The 38-year-old accused was required to sign on each Monday at Wexford garda station.

He was also ordered not to have any contact with State witnesses in the case.

The sergeant confirmed that McKenna's passport had been handed over and it was in the possession of the gardaí.

The defendant's mother Maura was present to offer a surety in addition to the defendant's own €500 bond.

Solicitor Lisa McDonald confirmed that there was no difficulty with any of the conditions being imposed by the court.

Eanna McKenna was free to leave the courtroom in Ardcavan after he and his mother had signed their bonds.

Wexford People