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Dublin child porn pervert's Florida home revealed

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Dublin child porn pervert's Florida home revealed

Below is the Florida bolthole child porn pervert Paul Devine is renting out to holidaymakers – boasting you can see the fireworks of Disney World from its back garden.

Luxury Florida home

The 45-year-old father-of-one – whose home in Finglas, Dublin, was attacked and had the words “pervert” and “scum” sprayed across it – has fled the Lanesborough Drive estate over fears he will be attacked.

Paul’s wife, a highly-respected local teacher, collected belongings from the house they share with their one-year-old daughter before telling neighbours her husband would not be returning.

Paul Devine

The Sunday World has learned that Devine formerly worked as a youth worker with St Canice’s Church in Finglas, where he was responsible, along with other carers, for taking children in the community on outings and weekend breaks.

The website advertising the Dolphin Villa resort in Florida, which can be rented out through an email linked to Devine, identifies it on a map as being just 10 minutes from Disney World.

It continues: “This luxury holiday villa has five bedrooms and its own pool with an enclosure and a lanai [shaded porch] so you can enjoy a swim in the pool without getting too hot.

 “The pool area has woodland outlook with views of Disney fireworks and there is a large side garden.”

It also features a games room for children and boasts: “Large DVD/CD collections with movies for adults & children.”

Devine’s image as a respectable and upstanding member of the local community was ripped away on Thursday, when the 45-year-old was exposed as having been caught with 25 videos and 80 photographs of child sex abuse.

Incredibly, the court heard it took three-and-a-half years to arrest and charge Devine because of the backlog in the Garda Computer Crime Investigation unit.

The unit also found he had visited a file-sharing website used to distribute such images more than 10,000 times.

He had also accessed a chatroom where individuals spoke about their interest in young boys.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Pauline Codd imposed an 18-month suspended sentence on Devine, which she suspended for two years on strict conditions.

Devine had pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography at his home in April 2011.

Sergeant Gavin Ross told the court that Gardaí obtained a search warrant and seized a number of laptops from Devine’s home on April 11, 2011. There was a lengthy delay in analysing and categorising the images and because of this Devine was not arrested and charged until November 18, 2014.

Devine, who works as a shop merchandiser, admitted to looking at pornography on the laptop he shared with his wife and said he sometimes looked at images of naked children.

There were four sets of findings on the computer, including a folder containing images of child sex abuse that was created by the laptop’s user rather than a computer operating system.

Five images were found in that particular folder.

Sgt Ross said 47 images of abuse were found on a temporary internet file, which is a file created by the computer and records the content that the user looked at online.

He also said 13 images were found in another temporary folder which was created by the computer’s operating system and recorded the sites the user had looked at. He said another 14 images were found on the hard disk of the computer.

Of the 80 images found in Devine’s possession, 76 were images of naked children and four showed children engaging in sexual activity.

Sgt Ross said 25 video files were also found in Devine’s possession which all showed the genitalia of young boys.

The court heard Devine also visited an image-sharing website more than 10,000 times.

Philipp Rahn, BL, defending, said Devine had no previous convictions and there was no suggestion he had shared or distributed the images or videos.

Mr Rahn said Devine has attended forensic psychological services six times since July this year and was willing to attend group therapy.

He also said Devine had been married for 12 years and was supported by his wife in court.

Letters from Devine’s mother, sister, brother-in-law and two friends were also handed in to the court. Mr Rahn said the letters came from people who “are all aware of what he has pleaded guilty to, but are standing by him and saying there is another side to him”.

In the wake of Devine’s sentencing hearing, two of Ireland’s leading sexual abuse support agencies hit out at the weak and inconsistent sentencing being imposed on those who access child porn.

 “In all cases a custodial sentence should be applied,” said the chief executive of the Children At Risk in Ireland Foundation, Mary Flaherty.

Maeve Lewis, executive director of sexual abuse support agency One In Four, said that people minimise the criminal act of downloading child sexual abuse images.

“Another big issue is judges. There is no consistency in sentencing because they have not been educated regarding the crimes of sexual offences at the lower court level. One person could get six years, but another could get a suspended sentence for the same crime.”