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child porn perv Notorious sex offender Barry Watters to be released this summer after sentences reduced


Barry Watters

Barry Watters

Barry Watters

SERIAL sex offender Barry Watters will be back on Ireland's streets this summer after sentences for exposing himself to children and possession of child abuse images were reduced.

The child sex pervert, who is currently detained in the Midlands Prison in County Laois, won a legal bid to cut his sentences last year.

He had been given a five year sentence for exposing himself to school kids and a further two years for possession explicit sexual images of children.

But the total of seven-years imprisonment imposed in December 2018 was reduced by appeal court judges to four years and two months.

It means Watters, whose repeated and consistent offending has made him one of Ireland's most notorious offenders, will walk free in a number of months.

The Dundalk-native previously complained in court that he has been "hounded" by the media.

Watters (43), pleaded guilty to public indecency when he exposed himself to a number of children on their way to school in Dublin, over two days, in December 2014.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography at Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, on October 20, 2016.

At one court hearing it was heard Watters had never come to Garda attention until the age of 32, and his life had gone "progressively off the rails" after 2008.

Watters had also been made homeless a number of times after the media drew attention to where he was living, it was said.

He had effectively been "exiled" from his home town of Dundalk and is "on a circuit of hostels, and shelters, hounded by the media".

Watters, originally from Dundalk, Co. Louth, and previously of Infirmary Road in Dublin, has been given several sentences over the past decade for possession of “child pornography”.

In 2008, he was given a fully suspended two-and-a-half year sentence for possession of “child pornography”, which was later reactivated.

He was given a separate three year sentence in 2010 and another four-year sentence with one year suspended, which was also reactivated, in 2012.

He was caught for the most recent “child pornography” offence when a garda spotted him entering an internet cafe and were able to remotely monitor what he was viewing on the computer.

He had a USB stick which contained 17 images of boys and girls engaged in sexual activity and six images of children with their private parts exposed.

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