February 2018

“I can’t fight it”: Pervert caught with child abuse images for third time

Edwin Kirk

A sex offender who has admitted he is uncontrollably addicted to downloading images of child abuse has been jailed for 18 months.

Social workers have also been tasked with monitoring Edwin Kirk for three years following his release in an effort to mitigate the danger he poses to the public.

The 56-year-old, from Perth, is already the subject of a ten-year sexual offences protection order (SOPO), having been branded “dangerous” by Scotland’s Chief Constable.

He has also had to submit to allowing the police to install remote monitoring software on any item he owns that is capable of accessing the internet.

Kirk already had two previous convictions for possessing indecent images of children on his home computers when the police attended at his home in 2017.

He told officers his urges had beaten him and volunteered that he had illegal images on an Amazon hub and a variety of pen drives.

Forensic examination found web searches for “child sex stories”, together with a small number of indecent images.

Kirk told police officers: “The fact I’ve got illicit images proves this is bigger than I am and I can’t fight it.”

Kirk, a prisoner at Perth, subsequently pled guilty charges of possessing and making indecent photographs of children at an address in Perth’s Rannoch Road between May 5 and July 19 last year.

The accused has previous been jailed after being found with more than 100,000 indecent images of children and hours of video.

His SOPO bars him from contact or communication with children under-16 and from deleting his browser history or disguising internet searches.

It was imposed after the chief constable detailed Kirk’s obsessions, ranging from interest in children as young as three to an 80-year-old woman from whom he was banned from contact.

November 2015

Perth paedophile banned from contacting children

A paedophile has been banned from having contact with children — and an 80-year-old woman with whom he had a long-running extra-marital affair.

Edwin Kirk had an affair with the elderly woman for more than 25 years while sharing a home with her and her husband.

He has been told to keep away from the pensioner – who was described in court as “extremely open minded sexually” – after she said she was prepared to cover his tracks.

Details of the shocking relationship between the woman and “high risk” paedophile Kirk, who is 26 years her junior, were revealed at Perth Sheriff Court.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House went to the court to seek a Sexual Offences Prevention Order against Kirk because of the danger he poses to the public.

Kirk, from Rannoch Road, Perth, was jailed earlier this year after he was discovered with a hoard of more than 100,000 indecent child images and days worth of video.

The extraordinary details of Kirk’s obsession with sex – ranging from children as young as three to his elderly lover – were put before the court by the chief constable.

The SOPO was granted and for the next 10 years Kirk is banned from having contact or communicating with children under 16, and from deleting his internet browser history.

He is also banned from deleting any record of phone calls or texts he has sent, and from using software to disguise his online search activity or remove it.

Kirk was jailed for 34 weeks earlier this year and Dundee Sheriff Court was told that he had started amassing over 100,000 child porn images a decade ago. He began downloading them shortly after being convicted of a similar offence in 2004.

January 2015

Paedophile caught with stash of more than 100,000 sick child sexual abuse images jailed

An Angus man caught with one of the largest stashes of child abuse material ever uncovered in Scotland has been jailed for eight-and-a-half months.

Repeat offender Edwin Kirk started amassing the huge stash within months of being convicted of another child abuse images offence in 2004.

And even after he was arrested over his latest offence he couldn’t help accessing online porn – and ended up being locked up after downloading adult porn on to a USB stick after he had been banned from using the internet.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Kirk was living with an elderly couple – understood not to be his own parents – aged 80 and 85, and was receiving carer’s allowance for looking after them.

Police swooped after a tip off that Kirk had indecent images of children and that they were available for sharing.

Officers discovered a massive set up in the couple’s attic, used by Kirk as his bedroom, of hard drives, computers and USB storage devices all filled with horrific child porn images.

When confronted by police, Kirk said: “Is it worth saying now that I’m guilty as hell?”

And later he added: “My interest is in very beautiful children being naked and sexually available.”

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the court that it took FIVE trained police computer examiners to plough through the huge stash of vile porn.

In total there were 102,129 indecent still pictures of children found, along with 761 videos with a total running time of more than six DAYS.

Miss Robertson added: “He told police ‘I have been downloading these images for a number of years – it’s just been a thing that’s a regular part of my internet use’.

“He was asked questions about his lifestyle and denied having any direct contact with children.

“He said he used his computers for hours every day viewing and downloading indecent images of children daily.

“He said he predominately looked for young females naked and showing their genitals in a sexual manner.

“He was asked if he is attracted to children to which he replied ‘Yes’.

“When asked if he had ever committed any contact offences towards children he claimed he had not.

“He stated ‘Indecent images of children is a fantasy bubble – the reality would be quite horrid’.”

Kirk, 53, of Doward Place, Montrose, pleaded guilty on indictment to downloading, possessing and possessing with a view to distributing indecent images of children.

Those offences took place over a ten-year period between 2004 and 2014.

He further admitted possessing extreme porn images between January 2012 and June 2014.

Defence solicitor John Boyle said: “Due to the amount of images involved a custodial sentence might be a more likely disposal.

“He can’t escape the fact that these images are of children being abused and the effect that has.”

Sheriff Alistair Brown jailed Kirk for 34 weeks.

He said: “This is the second largest number of images I’ve ever had to deal with and in terms of mitigating factors there are none here.

“You say you regret being involved but your remorse doesn’t seem to extend beyond your own anxiety.”

December 2014

Angus man caught with over 100,000 indecent images of children said he was in ‘fantasy bubble’

An 53-year-old caught with over 100,000 indecent images of children said he was in a “fantasy bubble”, a court heard.

Edwin Kirk amassed the horde, which also included almost a week’s worth of child abuse videos over a decade at his Montrose home.

Kirk, who has a similar previous conviction, told police he was interested in “beautiful children being naked and sexually available” but denied ever directly molesting any youngsters.

He was told by Sheriff Alastair Brown that “every sentencing avenue” was being considered for his “criminal and depraved” behaviour ahead of his next court appearance in January.