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Child porn loving garda quizzed about lurking near kids at seaside resort

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Conor Brough confronted by Nicola Tallant
Conor Brough confronted by Nicola Tallant

A SHAMED child-porn cop has been quizzed about hanging around children at a leading seaside resort.

This is former Garda Conor Brough, whose glittering career in the force came to an abrupt end when he pleaded guilty to possessing images of child pornography.

He has been under the radar for years, but the Sunday World can reveal he is now living in a building surrounded by young families in Waterford.

And we have learned that the 56-year-old has settled in the same street where notorious paedophile priest Oliver O’Grady lived up until two years ago.

Concerns were raised after Brough was spotted with local children on a day out in Tramore, Co. Waterford, during last month’s fine weather.

It is understood he claimed he was simply babysitting for a local family.

This week, the Sunday World tracked down the former officer to a flat on the same street where paedophile priest Oliver O’Grady was housed in the recent past.

He emerged from a residential building which he shares with young families in the heart of Waterford city – but when he saw our team he bolted into an antique shop and tried to hide.

When he re-emerged some time later, Brough tried to dash back into his hideout, but not before we asked him about the incident this summer.

“Hello Nicola,” Brough said, as he was approached by our reporter. He insisted he had “absolutely nothing” to do with children nowadays.

While he admitted he was caught with kiddie porn on a personal computer, he said he wasn’t minding children and denied that Gardaí had spoken to him after he was spotted on the beach last month.

“No I have nothing to do with children,” he said before ducking for cover.

The former Dublin Garda pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in 2003 and sentencing was adjourned when he completed a four-month treatment programme in the Granada Institute in Shankill for sex offenders.

The court heard that the then 43-year-old from Raheny, who had served 20 years as a garda, admitted to possessing 23 images at his home contrary to the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.

An investigation had been launched into Brough (right), who had been based at Santry Garda Station, following a complaint in 2002 by his estranged wife.

Officers from the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation searched his home and seized a computer hard disk and two zip disks, where they discovered the images – one of which made reference to a ‘Lolita’ website.

Detectives said the images were downloaded from an internet website.

Brough joined the Gardaí in 1983 and served in the UN police force in the Balkans. His court case was told he had an “exemplary” record of service. In initial interviews he admitted the images were pornographic, but denied they involved children. Following the seizure he was suspended from duty and after he pleaded guilty he lost his badge.

An application by his legal team for his case to be held in camera without the public or media present was refused.

Computer experts were able to establish that the images were viewed in July 2001 and again between May and June of the following years – just months before the computer was seized.

Brough has remained down on his luck since he was relieved of his duties as a Garda. He lives alone in a flat in a run-down building on William Street in Waterford.

His building in Waterford

Incredibly, the notorious paedophile priest Oliver O’Grady, who molested 25 children, lived in a building directly opposite him up until two years ago.

O’Grady was released from prison in 2013 having served a sentence for possession of child porn.

He had accidentally left his laptop on a Aer Lingus flight and Gardaí later discovered it contained explicit pictures of children, some as young as two.

He had been exposed as a serial rapist in the early 1990s while living in the U.S., where he was jailed for 14 years after admitting to abusing two young brothers. He was paroled after seven years and deported home.

O’Grady moved to the flat in Waterford after he walked free from jail in Ireland and lived anonymously among families who shared the block.

When quizzed by the Sunday World he said he was no longer a danger to children, despite interviews he gave to filmmaker Amy Berg for her award-winning documentary Deliver Us From Evil, in which he left no doubt that he was still sexually attracted to young boys and girls.