Dad-of-two jailed for cartoon child porn

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Dad-of-two jailed for cartoon child pornECPAT/STOP Japan

A FATHER-of-two caught with cartoon images of child pornography has been caged for a year.

Gerard Sheridan, 46, who got a two-year suspended term in 2005 for a similar rap, told cops he “goes into the porno world where it becomes an escape”.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard 24 of the 27 kid porn pics were virtual images — a form of Japanese animation known as ‘hentai’.

Sheridan, of Clonsilla, Dublin, told gardai he “wants to be able to have a normal sexual relationship” with his wife. But he admitted: “I feel like a child physically and sexually.” He pleaded guilty to possession of kiddie pornography at his home on October 18, 2009.

Judge Petria McDonnell said she had to impose a jail term because of Sheridan’s previous conviction.

She accepted the offence was “on the lower end of the scale” — but she added that such crimes “cannot be underestimated”.

The judge also noted Sheridan’s probation report showed he has a lack of victim empathy.

She recommended he be sent to Arbour Hill Prison to undergo a sex offender’s treatment regime.

Sheridan was sentenced to two years, with 12 months suspended.

The Irish Sun, June 12, 2012
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