Eoin Prizeman, a 35-year-old Dublin man, has received a 12-month suspended sentence for possessing child pornography. The content, which was uploaded to his own Facebook page, was described as extremely explicit, depicting the sexual assault of a child aged nine or ten.
Facebook Detects and Reports Explicit Content
The video uploaded by Prizeman was flagged by Facebook, who subsequently alerted the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau. The bureau discovered 276 videos of child abuse material on Prizeman's phone during their investigation. A sample of ten videos revealed that nine were in the most severe category of abuse, including the sexual abuse of infants.
Prizeman’s Guilty Plea and Sentence
Prizeman pleaded guilty to the charges, showing remorse for his actions. Despite exercising his right to silence during arrest and interview, the court accepted his plea and remorse as mitigating factors. The judge imposed a sentence of 12 months, suspended for three years on strict conditions, including engagement with the Probation Service.
Factors Influencing the Sentence
Considerations such as Prizeman's lack of previous convictions, his early plea, and the influence of increased alcohol and cocaine use during the pandemic played a role in the mitigation of his sentence. A probation report also highlighted Prizeman's low risk of reoffending.