Dad-of-two jailed for cartoon child porn
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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