Irish Paedophile Faces Sentencing in UK

Irish Times [United Kingdom]
December 15, 2006

A former priest and a paedophile rights campaigner will be sentenced today in London after a massive child pornography collection was found in a secret vault.

Irishman Thomas O'Carroll (61) a one-time teacher-turned-journalist, of Leam Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing child porn images between January 1994 and July, 2005.

The library of magazines, videos and slides took years to amass and contained nearly 50,000 illicit images.

He is a founder member of the now defunct Paedophile Information Exchange, as well as its successor, the International Paedophile Child Emancipation Group, both of which he used to campaign for the legalisation of sex between adults and children.

His co-defendant, millionaire Michael Studdert (67), a ex-churchman, admitted 20 charges of making indecent images of children between January 2001 and the beginning of this year, one of distributing them and one of possession.

The hearing, at London's Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court, is expected to last most of the day.


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