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Pervert out Man caught with 10,000 child porn images and videos is back on streets

McGivern was jailed for two and a half years after he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography

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Steven McGivern

Steven McGivern

Steven McGivern

HIS face covered by a mask, child-porn pervert Steven McGivern emerged back on the streets this week being driven away from the prison gates.

The Belfast native had been serving a prison sentence in the Midlands Prison in Co Laois, imposed after being caught with a huge stash of shocking sexual imagery.

He had been arrested at his former address in Rathgar, Dublin in 2012 following a tip-off from Canadian authorities.

Gardaí found he was in possession of almost 10,000 images and videos of child pornography after a search in which officers seized two computers, a USB stick and several DVDs.

McGivern was jailed for two and a half years after he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography on November 26, 2012.

His trial did not take place until October 2019 at which it emerged gardaí obtained a search warrant for McGivern's apartment acting on information sent via Interpol from Canadian police.

A total of 9,595 images and 178 videos of child pornography were discovered across all of the electronic devices.

The images and vidos depicted preteen boys and girls with their genitals exposed, engaged in sexual activity with each other and engaged in sexual activity with adult males.

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Stephen McGivern

Stephen McGivern

Stephen McGivern

McGivern told gardaí they would discover child pornography on his laptop which he had downloaded from the internet.

He admitted he knew his activity was illegal and that he did it for sexual gratification.

McGivern also gave gardaí a credit card on which there were details of payment for videos of child pornography.

Judge Sinéad Ní Chúalacháin said the case was aggravated by the amount of offending material, the time over which it was downloaded and the age of some children being as young as seven years old.

She noted that this was not a case in which McGivern had shared or distributed the offending material.

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She said that while he did not have physical contact with the children, this was not a victimless crime as real children were involved.

She said that the fact that he had paid for some of the pornography meant that someone had made financial gain from the exploitation of children.

Judge Ní Chúalacháin said the mitigating factors in the case were his guilty plea, his admissions at interview and the "extreme and appalling delay" of almost seven years in completing the case.

"I have to regard you as not unlikely to re-offend," she told the accused due to his admission he committed the offence for sexual gratification and did not regard him as suitable for community sanction.

Judge Ní Chúalacháin sentenced McGivern to two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

It previously emerged McGivern once kept a diary of his lewd thoughts after being caught trying to secretly film naked boys in a leisure centre changing room in 2001.

McGivern had already been out on a sex offenders register in the late 1990s for indecently assaulting two girls in the Ardoyne area of the city.

He was put on probation after putting his hand up the girls' skirts and touching them before running off.

A keen athlete McGivern was involved with a number of athletics clubs and wrote in his diary about his desire to watch kids undressing after training sessions.

Police were alerted after kids in the changing rooms at a Co Antrim leisure centre found a video camera hidden in a hold-all bag.

McGivern was scene on the film setting up the camera before placing it in the changing room hoping to catch young boys in the nude.

He pleaded guilty in court to taking indecent photos of children and attempting to video men and boys dressing and undressing at the leisure centre.

He was sentenced at Ballymena Crown Court to two years in prison and placed on the sex offender’s register for ten years.

The sentencing judge said that the public, "particularly children and their parents must have confidence that their privacy will be respected" adding that any breach of that confidence will be treated severely by the courts.

The fact that McGivern had transferred the camcorder tapes to video was an aggravating feature because it "allowed you to view the material in a much more leisurely position" and gave the potential to be seen by a "much wider audience".

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