Febuary 2010

Perthshire child sexual abuse images fiend jailed for four years

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A MAN who downloaded sickening video clips of children – some as young as four – being sexually abused was given a four-year sentence at Perth Sheriff Court yesterday.

Matthew Faulds (24) hung his head in shame as Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told him that one of the Level Five images he had viewed “turned his stomach.”

Matthew Faulds had almost six hours of horrific footage showing youngsters as young as four.

But the twisted 24-year-old was snared when his room-mate at the PGL Adventure Centre at Dalguise near Dunkeld, Perthshire, borrowed his hard drive to try to watch a film.

He plugged it into a main computer, programmed to display all hidden files, and Faulds’ vile secret was revealed.

“That child should be going to school, running around with her friends, doing things which a child of that age should be doing,” he added.

“Goodness alone knows what effect that has on the child – and goodness alone knows what she has ahead of her. It can only be described as a hellish experience.”

Faulds was jailed for 12 months and when he is freed he will be on licence for three years, to protect the public “from serious harm”.

He will have to take part in the Tay Project, which aims to rehabilitate sex offenders, and had his name added to the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Other restrictions will also apply, relating to him working with children and having unsupervised contact with them.

The court heard that the kiddie porn was discovered while Faulds worked as a team leader and activities instructor at PGL Adventures, Dalguise House, near Dunkeld.

A roommate of his borrowed his laptop computer to watch films and discovered the vile video clips.

There were over five-and-a-half hours of footage of children, with over 75 per cent. of them at Level 4 or 5, the most serious categories.

The ages of the children ranged from four to 15.

Faulds, of Dundee, had since lost his job.

It was pointed out that none of the images showed children at the centre.

He told police that he had downloaded the images from the internet, mostly for his own “gratification.”

Faulds’ solicitor said he was a first offender and had co-operated fully with the police.

He asked that a community-based sentence be considered.

The accused had co-operated fully with the police after the offences came to light.

Faulds admitted having the images in his possession at Dalguise House and elsewhere between January 16 and August 9 last year.

Sheriff Foulis also ordered the accused’s laptop and a small, external hard drive to be forfeited.