The career and reputation of a leading lawyer are in ruins after he pleaded guilty to downloading images of child sexual abuse.
At the height of his career as a barrister, Jonathan Lowry, who celebrates his 60th birthday this Thursday, worked on a range of criminal cases including prosecuting sex offenders.
But the veteran lawyer is now on the wrong side of the law, awaiting sentence after his admitting a string of charges.
Lowry, with an address at Holyrood Manor in the Malone Road area of south Belfast, entered guilty pleas to six charges, including two of making an indecent image of a child.
Craigavon Magistrates' Court, sitting in Lisburn, was told he also admitted three counts of possessing extreme pornography and one of attempting to possess an indecent image of a child.
All the offences were committed on various dates between September 2009 and October 2016.
Details of the circumstances surrounding the crimes have yet to be discussed in court, but the particulars of the charges revealed that Lowry was in possession of an image and a video.
In relation to the attempted possession charge, he is alleged to have tried to obtain a file listed as "PTHC", meaning 'pre-teen hardcore'.
Between the dates of his offending, the defendant worked as a prosecutor in the Crown Courts in both Belfast and Dungannon.
The high-profile cases where he was the leading lawyer included:
District Judge Mark McGarrity adjourned the case to August 21, "hopefully to fix a date for disposal".
A pre-sentence report on the defendant has already been ordered.