February 2015

Woman caught downloading vile images of kids being raped and sexually abused avoids prison

Cheryl-Snaddon

A young woman who was caught with a hoard of images of children being raped and sexually abused has narrowly avoided a prison sentence.

Cheryl Snaddon, 22, was detained in an early morning raid on her home by police, who seized a laptop computer and a number of mobile phones

Officers who had received a tip-off discovered obscene images on the devices.

Forensic examinations revealed 17 from a total of 47 were at the worst levels of depravity.

The pictures, which were mainly of girls, included babies aged about six months and young teenagers. File-wiping software had also been downloaded.

Snaddon, who has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register, admitted downloading the indecent images at her former home in Crosshouse, Ayrshire, between February and July 2014.

Susan Brown, prosecuting, said Snaddon told police she may have downloaded the images by mistake after drinking but later confessed to the offence.

She had set up email accounts and used search terms linked to paedophiles such as “incest” and “father and daughter”, as well as seeking specific age groups between three and 15.

Martin Duffy, defending, told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court nobody in Snaddon’s family could shed any light on why she committed the offence.

Mr Duffy added: “She accepts responsibility for her behaviour and that this is not a victimless crime.

“She also appreciates a conviction of this type will have long term effects on her.”

Snaddon, who lives with her grandparents, was abusing alcohol at the time of the offence and had been an “isolated individual” whose main outlet was the internet.

“She’s terrified at the prospect of a custodial sentence,” Mr Duffy said.

Sheriff Shirley Foran told Snaddon: “This is a serious offence and one very surprising to find a young woman of your age and circumstances involved in.

“I’ve weighed up carefully whether to send you to jail but I’ve found in your circumstances I can avoid that.

“I make it clear to you that this is a direct alternative to a prison sentence.”

Snaddon, now of Stewarton, was given 200 hours unpaid work, three years supervision and will remain on the Sex Offenders Register for the same period.

She is banned from unsupervised contact with any child aged under 15, forbidden access to any internet-enabled devices with file-wiping software and must allow authorities access to any computerised equipment.

February 2015

Twisted young Scots woman admits downloading vile images of kids being raped and sexually abused

A PERVERTED young woman who was caught with a hoard of images of children being raped and sexually abused is facing prison.

Vile Cheryl Snaddon, 22, was detained in an early morning 
police raid on her home.

Officers seized a laptop and a number of mobile phones.

In a highly unusual case, they were armed with a warrant and discovered the obscene images 
on the devices.

Forensic examinations revealed 17 from a total of 47 were at the worst levels of depravity.

The pictures, which were mainly of 
girls, included babies aged 
about six months and young 
teenagers.

Several depicted babies and 
children being tortured.

Twisted Snaddon admitted downloading the indecent images at her home in Crosshouse, Ayrshire, between February and July 2014.

Susan Brown, prosecuting, said Snaddon told police she may 
have downloaded the images by mistake after drinking but accepted carrying out the offence.

She had set up email accounts and used search terms linked to paedophiles such as “incest” and “father and daughter”, as well as seeking specific age groups 
between three and 15.

Paul Gallagher, defending, told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court: “The gravity of the offence has not been lost on her.”

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Cheryl Snaddon pictured above – From January 2014

Sheriff Shirley 
Foran deferred sentence until 
later this month for reports and 
bailed Snaddon.

At the same court in 2009, Emma Griffin, then 24, was jailed for a year for downloading 464 indecent images of children at her home in Kilmarnock. Click here for that conviction 

The court heard how reports described Griffin as a “potential predator” who was unsuitable for community service.