CONVICTED child porn user Barry Watters could be on his way back to live in Dundalk after fleeing a homeless hostel in Dublin last week following a major protest by concerned parents in the inner-city area.
The 35-year-old, originally from Hazelwood Avenue in Bay Estate, was released from Arbour Hill Prison earlier this year and had been living in the Salvation Army Granby Centre in Dublin’s north-inner city.
Watters had been jailed last year for three years after he was caught with vile, perverted images of children being abused. When he was convicted, the self confessed addict was already serving a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence after being caught with thousands of sick images of children.
The Salvation Army hostel which he was residing in upon release was just yards from a local school, with parents in the area becoming concerned about his presence there after details of where he was living was revealed in a national newspaper at the start of the month.
It is understood that Watters left the hostel on Tuesday afternoon, just hours after residents announced plans to stage a protest. The protest went ahead with a large crowd turning out to voice their protest at Watters’ presence in the area.
Residents claim they do not know where Watters is now residing although it is believed he has fled the north Dublin area, sparking fears he could have returned to his home town.
Watters was first caught in possession of child porn in 2007 following an international investigation by the FBI. He was caught again in 2008 before being jailed last year after being reported for watching child porn on a bus to Dundalk from Dublin.
During his trial, the court heard Watters had a distorted view of children and sexuality and threatened gardai when he was arrested.