This week, the Waterford News & Star investigated the circumstances that led to this convicted, self-confessed child predator living 20 yards away from a children’s playground. The jury returned its guilty verdict after two hours’ deliberation and a sentencing date was set for two weeks time. He is charged with one count of possessing a video of a semi-naked underage girl engaging in a sexual act, contrary to section six of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act. IN a trial that’s been before Waterford Circuit Court the last four weeks, former priest Oliver O’Grady was found guilty this afternoon (Tuesday, October 13) of possession of child pornography whilst he was living at 21 Otteran Place, South Parade, Waterford. It is understood that another priest acted as referee for O’Grady, but due to data protection, we are unable to identify who that priest was. Oliver O'Grady Mr O’Grady worked as a Catholic priest in California in the 1970s before returning to Ireland in the early 2000s. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website. We wanted to warn his new neighbours and the nearby schools as to what kind of man had just moved into the area, but were told that we couldn’t, because he had already served his time. We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. O’Grady moved into Otteran Place in February 2015 after a “religious family’ recommended him to the landlady, Gabrielle Dalton. However, just a few months later, a staff member in Liberty Blue stumbled upon an article about O’Grady online, and informed Regina as to his shocking past. “I hate saying this, with all we know about him now, but he seemed like a charismatic, nice, friendly old man, who came with good references.”. Oliver O’Grady appeared this afternoon at the District Court. The case arose when a former housemate of O’Grady reported him to Gardaí, after discovering a sexually explicit video on the computer. Please select all the ways you would like to hear from : You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. However, Judge Eugene O’Kelly had granted an application during the trial to prevent O’Grady’s background as an ex-priest being revealed to the jury in case it would prejudice their views. He was, he said, the main user of the computer. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here. An ex-priest has been found guilty of possessing child pornography at a Waterford court. “He moved to an apartment by the park, to an address where we know that another convicted paedophile was living,” Regina said. It’s alleged that Oliver O’Grady held the video in his possession on a date between 14th December 2015 and March 2016, at his residence at St Otteran’s Place, South Parade, Waterford city. Last month, he was arrested in Portugal and sent back to Waterford to answer further child pornography charges. Barrister Conor O’Doherty also pointed to the internet searches made by a user of the computer. The Late Show & Absolute Irish with John O’Shea. Mr O’Grady will be sentenced on October 27. Please select all the ways you would like to hear from : You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. Around this time, news began to spread about who O’Grady was and where he was living and after pressure from locals, he eventually moved out of McConnell House. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. IN a trial that’s been before Waterford Circuit Court the last four weeks, former priest Oliver O’Grady was found guilty this afternoon (Tuesday, October 13) of possession of child pornography whilst he was living at 21 Otteran Place, South Parade, Waterford. The charge – which O’Grady denied- is contrary to section six of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act and carries a sentence of up to five years. A number of months later, Rev Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan DD distributed an unprecedented letter of warning about O’Grady, describing him as an “extremely dangerous paedophile”. Mr O’ Grady appeared in Waterford District Court last Tuesday, December 3rd, before Judge Staunton, who referred his case to the next sitting of Waterford Circuit Court. Mr Rafter, defending Mr O’Grady, also said that the tenant who loaned Mr O’Grady the computer had “skin in the game” because it was his computer and he had previously been inconsistent with his evidence about when he reported the video to the gardaí. In January 2018, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan circulated a letter to Waterford schools warning them of an “extremely dangerous paedophile” who was living in Waterford City at the time. “We couldn’t ask him to vacate the property based on him being a convicted paedophile. It was the defence’s assertion that on the day that the video in question was downloaded, no other activity had taken place and it wasn’t consistent with other items that Mr O’Grady had downloaded. Mr O’Grady moved out of Otteran Place shortly after the letter was reported in local and national media. 75 year old Oliver O’Grady was before the Circuit Court charged with one count of possessing a video of an underage girl engaging in a sexual act. “We were appalled so immediately contacted the landlord of the apartment to make him aware of who was living in his property. It took the jury two hours, 5 minutes to come to their decision. “As an office full of mothers, we were deeply concerned about what was happening as there were a lot of families living around him,” Regina said. Mr O’Grady was, according to Conor O’Doherty, the person who had been searching for images of young boys, whilst also accessing sites of a Roman Catholic interest. Other images which had been accessed on the computer, such as sexualised images of young boys in underwear and swimwear, were not the subject of the charge because they are not considered ‘unlawful’. He also said that there was no information available about the video so it could not be known for sure that the girl in the video was under the age of 18. We also sought legal advice as to what steps we could take to remove him.”. “We couldn’t get rid of him,” Regina said. The case contained a lot of technical evidence relating to the items downloaded on to the computer and required the evidence of two separate computer forensic experts, four different members of An Garda Siochana, and five different civilian witnesses that included the landlord of the house, Mr O’Grady’s Italian teacher, two former tenants of 21 Otteran Place and a friend of the original person who loaned the computer, who had found the video in the first instance. An ex-priest charged with possessing child pornography has been sent forward for trial in Waterford. The subject of the child pornography charge – a video of a semi-naked young girl – had been shown to the jury at the commencement of the trial. That letter, and the media attention that followed led to O’Grady finally leaving Waterford in 2018. In one instance someone had searched for the Latin version of the religious hymn, the Magnificat, and then minutes later had searched for males in underwear. The jury had previously heard evidence that Mr O’Grady was given a loan of a computer by another tenant of the house and had used it over the course of a number of months for Italian lessons and ‘personal use’. An ex-priest has been sent forward for trial accused of possessing child pornography. When the references checked out, O’Grady was given an apartment in McConnell House on Catherine Street in the City.
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