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Sicko escapes jail time despite 'gross' video find

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Our reporter Patrick O’Connell speaks to Robert Traynor this week.

Our reporter Patrick O’Connell speaks to Robert Traynor this week.

Our reporter Patrick O’Connell speaks to Robert Traynor this week.

This is the former bank worker who walked free from court after being caught with thousands of sexually explicit images of children.

Robert Traynor (54) was also convicted of producing 1,650 computer-generated images contrary to the 1998 Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

The pervert fled court last week, after he received a wholly suspended sentence, concealing his face using a baseball hat and face mask.

But we caught up with him unmasked outside his home in a suburb in south Dublin on Wednesday.

"Are you glad you didn't go to jail," our reporter asked Traynor.

"I am, yeah," he responded.

"Do you think you deserved to go to jail?" we asked.

"Well, I'm grateful I didn't," he responded.

"I've been very proactive and I've done a lot of work with a psychologist to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"I go every week, I'm going again tomorrow."

Asked if this means he's done looking at images of children being sexually abused, Traynor responded: "I'm very careful now - I won't do it again."

During last week's hearing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, gardai told how, after being rumbled, Traynor said he believed the images were of adults posing as children.

In total, he pleaded guilty to possession of 1,938 images and 183 videos of child pornography on February 2, 2018.

He also admitted the production of 1,650 computer-generated images on September 22, 2014, contrary to the 1998 Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

Sentencing him, Judge Pauline Codd said the offending material involved the "gross exploitation" of children, which she described as "abhorrent".

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Robert Traynor who pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the possession of 1,938 images and 183 videos of child pornography.

Robert Traynor who pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the possession of 1,938 images and 183 videos of child pornography.

Robert Traynor who pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the possession of 1,938 images and 183 videos of child pornography.

"The onus is on the courts to protect children from such vile exploitation," she said.

She noted Traynor has undergone counselling since the offences came to light, has engaged well with therapy and has been deemed at a low risk of reoffending.

Therapy

She gave him a two-and-a-half year sentence and suspended it on a number of conditions, including that Traynor remain under the supervision of the Probation Services for three years and continue to engage in sex offender therapy.

Det Garda Thomas Burke previously told Elva Duffy, prosecuting, that as part of an ongoing garda operation into online child exploitation, a computer address was linked to the possession of "child pornography" images and videos in an online "peer-to-peer" network.

Traynor's home was linked to this computer through his internet provider Eir and gardai went to the house in February 2018.

Under caution, Traynor told gardai that he had downloaded erotic material but said he believed the images and videos were of adults posing as children.

The court heard Traynor had searched for the images using the Tor browser, which allows users to hide their location.

An external disk drive seized by gardai was found to contain 65 video files and hundreds of images, the court heard.

Traynor told gardai after his arrest that the images were "skirting the boundaries" but were not "child pornography", saying he believed they were actors posing as children.

Det Garda Burke told the judge that this was "clearly not the case" and that "they are quite obviously children". He said some of the cartoon images depicted the girls much smaller in size and height than the males, saying "it's clear they are young children".

Michael Hourigan, defending, told the court that his client had a good employment history and had previously worked in IT for a bank.

He said as a result of a health condition in his youth, his client became isolated and his sexual development stifled. He has engaged with therapy since the offending came to light and has displayed progress in developing insight into the reasons behind his offending, counsel said.

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