Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Architect had 513 images of child porn

A 32-year-old architect has been put on probation for three years after admitting having more than 500 indecent images of children as young as five.

Paul McVeigh, from Quarry Road, Knockloughrim, Co Londonderry, pleaded guilty to a total of 29 offences committed between January 1, 2006 and September 23, 2009.

They include making, distributing and possessing 513 indecent images of children. The offences came to light after a computer consultant gave police memory sticks belonging to McVeigh.

They were found to contain 78 indecent images and police later seized McVeigh's laptop and his work computer, where more indecent images were discovered.

Judge Piers Grant said the images, some of which were in the most serious category of child pornography, were horrific, perverted and depraved and he said it was beyond belief that anyone would want to download them.

McVeigh agreed to take part in a three-year community sex offenders programme and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

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