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Child porn nurse reported by his own wife

BY PAUL HIGGINS

A disgraced nurse jailed for nine months for possession of child pornography was reported to the police by his own wife.

The 45-year-old – whose identity was banned from publication by a judge – appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday where he was sent to prison.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC also ordered him to sign the police sex offenders' register for 10 years and imposed a seven-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order, barring the father-of-three from having any devices with internet access without permission.

After hearing how the pervert's teenage daughter tried to kill herself in the wake of her father's arrest, the judge also banned his identity from being revealed.

The Belfast man had earlier pleaded guilty to 22 charges relating to indecent images of children and two further counts of possessing extreme pornography in relation to bestiality on various dates between October 28, 2006 and April 27, 2010.

Prosecuting lawyer Philip Henry had told an earlier court how almost 200 images were uncovered on the man's home computer and a pen drive in his work bag.

The lawyer said the man's wife had alerted the police after she uncovered the images on the portable memory stick in his work bag.

He told the court that while the large majority of the images were in the lower categories of one and two, there were two in category four and more than 30, including some movie files, in the most serious level of category five.

Mr Henry said it was an aggravating factor that while some of those pictured in the images were teenage girls, there were many images which depicted the abuse of primary age girls, around eight or nine years old.

Arrested and interviewed, he admitted downloading the images but claimed he had been intending to destroy the pen drive.

Defence lawyer Michael Boyd said his client had already paid a heavy price by the loss of his family, his wife, his job, his career and his reputation, adding that he, too, had contemplated suicide.

Jailing the 45-year-old, however, Judge Kerr said the evidence "suggests it was not the case" he was intending to destroy the images given the length of time he had been downloading the material.

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