A forensic examination of Horan’s computer uncovered recorded Skype calls between him and two nine year-old-girls, both individually and together.
The recordings included footage of these girls engaging in graphic sexual acts.
“I felt scared because I told him where I had lived.
I was afraid he was going to come and get me,” she said, in a victim impact statement read out in court today.
Judge Nolan backdated the sentence to June last year, when Horan went into custody.
He ordered a report from the Probation Service into what interventions and services the prison service could provide to reform Horan.
Horan also took part in sexually explicit text conversations with the girls, during which there would be an exchange of photos.
In the text exchange between them, this girl repeatedly told Horan that she would kill herself.He then continued to coerce her to send more images, the court heard.Horan, of St John’s Crescent, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to a count each of sexually exploiting two girls within the State on dates between 1 April and 23 November 2014.Matthew Horan (26) used Skype, Snapchat, Instagram and Kik, an anonymous instant messaging application, to send and receive child porn images from six identified child users in Ireland and nine unknown users around the world.Judge Martin Nolan handed down a nine-and-a-half year sentence but suspended the last two years.He said Horan’s actions would have long-term effects on the victims.