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walking free Pint-sized pervert who sent sick child abuse videos via Skype is back on the streets

Sicko who sent a video of young girl's rape is out after 18 months in jail


Stapleton couldn’t hide from us in his camo jacket.

Stapleton couldn’t hide from us in his camo jacket.

Stapleton couldn’t hide from us in his camo jacket.

A pint-sized pervert who distributed videos of a young girl being raped is back on the streets after serving 18 months in prison.

Our pictures show twisted child porn distributor Martin Stapleton walking free from Arbour Hill Prison last week, before being whisked away from the jail in a car driven by a social worker.

Twisted Stapleton emerged from the prison hiding his face behind a mask, sunglasses and baseball cap after being warned before walking through the gates that our team was waiting outside to confront him.

On exiting the prison gate, the 32-year-old hopped into the passenger seat of the waiting car before being driven into Dublin city.

At his sentencing hearing in October 2019, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard how Stapleton distributed the same child abuse video on three occasions.

The then 30-year-old pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography and possessing child pornography at his address in Glenmore Green, Ballyboden on July 17, 2014 and July 1, 2015 respectively.

Garda Alan Young told John Berry BL, prosecuting, that gardai received information on June 30, 2015 from police in Merseyside in the UK.

The information was to the effect that someone at Stapleton's address had sent indecent images via Skype to a person who had been arrested in the United Kingdom.


Martin Stapleton leaves Arbour Hill Prison after serving 18 months

Martin Stapleton leaves Arbour Hill Prison after serving 18 months

Martin Stapleton leaves Arbour Hill Prison after serving 18 months

Gardai searched the house the following day and seized a number of electronic devices.

Some 119 images and 18 videos of child pornography were discovered across all of these devices.

Detective Garda Donagh Mannix told Mr Berry that he was able to recover details of conversations and files shared by the accused on Skype.

Detective Mannix said that on three separate occasions Stapleton sent a video of child pornography to three different locations.

He said the video showed a female child being orally raped by an adult man.

During interviews with gardai, Stapleton admitted to possessing and distributing the material, but denied that he had ever touched a child inappropriately.

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He had no previous convictions and officers said had not come to adverse garda attention since.

Garda Young agreed with Patrick McGrath SC, defending, that the four-year delay in prosecuting the case could not be attributed to his client.

He agreed that Stapleton was "selling his body on the street" at the age of 15 to obtain money and food.

Under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998, any person who knowingly distributes, transmits, disseminates, prints or publishes any child pornography shall be liable on conviction in the District Court to a sentence of one year in prison.

A person found guilty of an offence under this section in the Circuit Court shall be liable on conviction of up to 14 years' imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding €5,000.

Possession of child abuse, termed child pornography in the Act, carries the same sentence.

Sentencing Stapleton to two years in prison, Judge Martin Nolan noted that the devices could not be examined at the time they were seized by reason of lack of resources.

He said that to have this type of charge hanging over someone was onerous. He said had the matter been dealt with expeditiously, the sentence would have been in the region of three years' imprisonment.

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