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Paedo creche worker hid child porn in folder called 'snakes'

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Kevin Muldoon
Kevin Muldoon

A CRECHE worker who was jailed for abusing a child was obsessed with zombies and kept his sick child porn in a computer folder called ‘Snakes’ – because his fiancé had an extreme phobia of the reptiles.

Today the Sunday World can reveal how trainee pre-school teacher Kevin Muldoon – who previously worked as a butcher and a carer – had scared pals with a sick obsession with knives and zombies.

Shockingly, we also discovered how the 32-year-old ‘liked’ the Facebook pages of several creches in the area, giving him almost daily exposure to pictures of the children in the facilities – even after his arrest for producing child pornography.

Vile Muldoon was jailed for five years on Thursday after being convicted of sexually assaulting and taking abusive pictures of a special needs four-year-old girl who was in his care.

He is currently housed on the E Wing of the Midlands Prison in Laois in a special unit for paedophiles. He has been incarcerated there since July 8  of last year when he pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.

Because he qualifies for 25 per cent remission from his sentence he will be released from prison in March of 2019.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard this week how Muldoon’s victim, a little girl with special needs, was afraid to go back to the playschool she attended.

Kevin Muldoon

She told her mother that Muldoon had taken photos of her “bum” and “pants”.

Gardaí later discovered 46 images of the girl sent from the man’s phone to his email address, including images of her private parts and of him with his finger in her mouth.

Muldoon, of Rockwinds, Church Road, Killiney, in Dublin, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the four-year-old and the production of images of child abuse on May 8, 2014. He further pleaded guilty to possessing 688 images of child abuse found on hard drives and computers during a raid on his premises, his family home and the playschool on May 15, 2014.

A former pal this week revealed to the Sunday World how oddball Muldoon – who flooded his social media accounts of pictures of himself in swimming trunks and attending events he hadn’t actually been invited to – had ‘groomed’ pals of former girlfriends by buying them alcohol and paying into events.

“He also gave off this weird vibe when he was out with our group,” the former friend told the Sunday World.

“Any time there was a fancy dress party he would come dressed as a zombie or dressed up in chains.

“People tried to keep their distance, but when we were younger and didn’t have money he would buy drink or pay entrance fees. Looking back, it was like he was grooming us.

“He was working as a butcher at the time, but even in the place he worked he freaked people out playing with the knives in the kitchen.

“Even after he broke up with the girl we knew he would send everyone texts asking them to invite him to any events they were going to because he was lonely. After everyone found out what he had been arrested over he was totally isolated. What he did was beyond sickening.”

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard this week how the parents of Muldoon’s four-year-old victim did not have an issue with him being named in the media as long as the victim was not identified through reporting of the case.

Judge Melanie Greally said Muldoon’s crime represented a gross breach of trust and said that instead of assisting the girl, “who already started out life at a disadvantage”, “he compounded her difficulty”.

“She has suffered an irreversible loss of innocence,” the judge said, before she added that the child’s “extreme youth was the single greatest aggravating factor in the case”.

Judge Greally accepted that Muldoon had expressed remorse, had social and educational difficulties and had neither shared nor paid for the abusive material.

She sentenced Muldoon to five years in prison and ordered that he engage in treatment. The judge also imposed five years’ post-release supervision.

The girl’s parents, in a victim-impact statement read out in court, expressed how the man’s “despicable and disgusting behaviour” would impact them as a family for the rest of their lives.

They said their daughter had a fear of unfamiliar males and “as a four-year-old girl she was stripped of her dignity and innocence”.

They said she struggled socially and had night terrors, but said they were grateful that she had been able to speak up about the abuse.