October 2018

Pervert who downloaded 25,000 child abuse images handed sick stash back after prison release

A sex offender jailed after amassing an enormous stash of child abuse images “as a hobby” was handed back a USB stick containing some of the horrific images when he was released from prison, a court heard today.

Kenneth Stalker served a 16-month jail term after “collecting” more than 25,000 sick images on his computer.

But when he was released he was given back property including a USB stick.

He plugged it into his computer and discovered it contained thousands of indecent images of children.

His lawyer said that “triggered” him to go on to download more on to his mobile phone.

The stash was uncovered when police monitoring him in the community under his sex offender registration found some of the photos stored on his phone.

They then took apart his computer and discovered he had hidden the USB drive in the casing of his computer’s hard drive in a bid to hide his actions from detection.

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court: “This was a sophisticated action taken to stop anyone finding it.

“In total there were 3941 indecent images of children found across the hard drive and the mobile phone.”

Stalker, 39, of Lordburn, Arbroath, pleaded guilty on indictment to taking or making indecent images of children and possessing indecent images of children between June 1 2017 and October 5 2017.

He further admitted attempting to defeat the ends of justice on June 1 2017.

Defence solicitor Ian Myles said: “His explanation is that once released from his previous sentence and on having some property returned he came across a USB drive that had images thereon and that’s what he plugged in to his computer.

“That’s what had been on the hard drive when it was examined.

“He accepts that was a trigger and he thereafter began to look at images on his mobile phone.

“He is under no illusions about what is going to happen to him today.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC deferred sentence until later this month and remanded Stalker in custody meantime.

She said: “He is not going to be avoiding custody.

“He has a previous conviction and this makes this conviction all the more serious.”

Stalker was also placed on the sex offenders register meantime.

In 2013 Stalker was jailed for 16 months and placed on a three-year supervised release order after police found an enormous stash of almost 25,000 indecent images on his computers.

The court heard he downloaded them over the period of two years to “give him the thrill his life was lacking”.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Stalker “made it his occupation” to scour sick internet sites “filtering through” pictures to find the ones he wanted to add to his computer store.

May 2013

Kenneth Stalker jailed for collecting indecent images of children

A Dundee man who amassed a collection of almost 25,000 indecent images of children “as a hobby” has been jailed.

Kenneth Stalker downloaded the material over a two-year period which began in June 2010.

At Dundee Sheriff Court, the 34-year-old admitted possessing the indecent images as well as taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro jailed him for 16 months.

The court was told that Stalker “made it his occupation” to scour the internet “filtering through” pictures to find the ones he wanted to add to his computer store.

He was arrested after his home was raided on 3 May 2012 as a result of a tip-off to police.

Stalker then told officers that he had accessed indecent images of children – prompting a full search of his computer system.

That found 24,699 files, including indecent images of children as young as seven. He also had 131 indecent videos stored on his system.

The court heard that some of the pictures and videos were at the highest end of the scale used to measure the severity of such images.

David Sinclair, defending, said: “He’s a man with no significant offending history, but he has been someone lacking in his life and his obsession and compulsion to acquire these images has given him the thrill his life was lacking.

“It is a sorry state of affairs. These images were despicable and to have a hobby of collecting such images is clearly unacceptable in any decent society.

“He made it his occupation to filter through images to add some to his collection – the others he would promptly delete.”

Sheriff Munro also gave Stalker on a three-year supervised release order and placed him on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

She said: “Given the risk assessment I need to protect the public with an extended sentence.

“I am marking the severity of the offences with imprisonment to send a message to those who think about accessing such images.”

March 2013

Angus man admits possessing child sex abuse images

An Angus man has admitted possessing almost 25,000 images of child sex abuse at an address in Dundee.

Kenneth Stalker, 34, Waterston, Nether Careston, near Brechin, admitted accessing the internet to view the indecent images over a two-year period.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard a police search discovered that Stalker had 24,699 images on his computer. These included indecent images of children ranging from age seven to older teenagers. He also had 131 indecent videos.

Defending, David Sinclair, said: “Clearly Stalker had a large number of images, but there’s no suggestion he shared or distributed these.”

Stalker admitted that, between June 13 2010 and April 25 last year, at Craigmount Road, Dundee, he possessed indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

He further admitted that, between June 13 2010 and May 3 last year, at the same address, he took or permitted to be taken indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro deferred sentence until May 2.