A man who had thousands of images and videos of child abuse, some of which showed children being tortured, will be sentenced in October.
Marcin Wojciechowicz (34) was caught after a co-worker gave him a lift home and he left a USB memory key containing some of the material in the man’s van.
Gardaí were alerted and during the course of the investigation found over 16,000 images and 300 videos classified as child pornography on his USB stick, mobile phone and laptop.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard 700 of the images on the laptop were at the highest level possible depicting sadism and cruelty to young children, including toddlers and infants. There were also images of children being “water boarded” and raped.
Wojciechowicz told gardaí after his arrest that he was trying to catch paedophiles and must have downloaded the images by accident.
Wojciechowicz, with a former address at a hostel on Gardiner Street, Dublin has been in custody since his arrest. He pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on a mobile phone on June 2nd, 2015.
Garda Cleary said Wojciechowicz worked as a labourer and seemed to “site hop.” He said he had worked in Belgium, Germany, Holland and the UK but did not remain in one place for a long time. He has been in Ireland for 18 months.
He said the encryption gardaí encountered was of a high level and Wojciechowicz told gardaí he was “self-educated”. He said it appeared that Wojciechowicz was talking to underage children in chat rooms and there was evidence of chat rooms where “paedophile matters” were discussed.