Dundee man freed after nine months for having 13,000+ child abuse pics found with more images
A freed sex offender was today back behind bars after he admitted to social workers that he had started to amass a second stash of horror child abuse images.
Anthony Sheridan was jailed in 2015 for more than two years after being caught with more than 13,000 sick pics of kids – a sentence later reduced to 18 months on appeal and from which he walked free after just nine months.
That sentence left him on licence for a further three-and-a-half years – but in April last year during a routine appointment with social workers monitoring him in the community he admitted he had been downloading indecent images again.
A police raid on his property in Dundee revealed he had hundreds of images stored on his computer and had been using file erasing software to cover his tracks.
His release licence was revoked and Sheridan was sent back to serve out the remainder of his previous sentence.
And now Sheridan faces a further jail term when he returns to Dundee Sheriff Court for sentence next month.
Fiscal depute Chris McIntosh told Dundee Sheriff Court that some of the search terms used by Sheridan on his computer indicated he was searching for images of children as young as eight.
He added: “The locus was searched by officers and a silver HP laptop was seized.
“The accused has saved a file named ‘anal 8yo German girl with daddy’ in the same folder as his CV on January 24 2018.
“A total of 359 indecent images – 310 of them unique – were found.
“A further 416 concerning images were found in a thumb cache folder.
“On April 19 2018 during a routine social work appointment the accused disclosed that he had been downloading indecent images of children.
“A breach report was submitted and the accused’s licence was revoked.”
Sheridan, 39, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of downloading and possessing indecent images of children at an address in Dundee’s Arthurstone Terrace.
Defence solicitor Theo Finlay asked that sentence be deferred on Sheridan so the defence could investigate with psychologists whether Sheridan’s autism could have affected his offending.
He added: “He will have to serve the full sentence imposed in 2015.
“His release date from that is in September this year.”
Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence for defence investigations and remanded Sheridan in custody meantime.
He said: “He has had a great deal of input and now he’s done it again.”
Early release for Dundee paedophile
A pervert from Dundee could be back on the streets nine months before his sentence was set to end — having successfully appealed his sentence.
Anthony Sheridan, 35, formerly of Baldovan Terrace, admitted being caught with more than 12 hours of video and 12,549 images of sexual activity involving children.
He also admitted to sharing indecent videos of children with other paedophiles.
For his offences, Sheridan was jailed for 27 months with an extended sentence of 24 months following release.
But on Wednesday, at a hearing before two judges at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh, it was accepted that the punishment handed down by Sheriff Elizabeth Munro was “excessive”.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Court and Tribunal Service confirmed Lord Brodie and Lady Clark of Calton imposed 18 months’ imprisonment followed by a 33-month extended sentence.
The overall length of sentence remains the same, but Sheridan will spend less time in prison and more on licence.
The change granted by the appeal court means the computer gaming graduate could be released by September 2016, instead of June 2017 — the date imposed by the original sentence.
Sheridan will be on licence for just under three years after his release, instead of the original two years licence imposed by the sheriff.
In January, Dundee Sheriff Court heard that the majority of the images and video possessed by Sheridan were considered to be “level four”, which meant it contained “sexual activity involving a child or children, or both children and adults”.
During the hearing, Sheridan admitted what he was doing was wrong and he knew one day he was going to be caught. He was also using a programme on his computer that made it more difficult to identify he was downloading such material.
Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the court Sheridan had been downloading pornography since he was in his early twenties, but “it was only recently that he viewed images and videos of children.”
Prior to being sentenced, George Donnelly, defending, asked Sheriff Munro to consider a community payback order instead of time in prison.
But the sheriff said that a custodial sentence was “appropriate”.
University computer gaming graduate caught with over 13,000 indecent images of children has been jailed
An Abertay University computer gaming graduate caught with over 13,000 indecent images of children has been jailed for 27 months.
Anthony Sheridan, 35, also amassed over 12 hours of abuse videos, some of which he shared online with fellow paedophiles.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Sheridan, described by his solicitor as “particular and peculiar”, was deemed by social workers to be at a high risk of reoffending.
The court heard previously that some of the files recovered from Sheridan’s computers and hard drive were at the most severe in the grading scale for child abuse material.
Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson said police had received confidential information that Sheridan was in possession of indecent images and he was subsequently arrested.
Miss Robertson said: “He admitted that he had been downloading pornography since he was in his early 20s and that it was only more recently that he viewed images and videos of children.
“He stated that he was downloading and viewing pornography on an almost daily basis.
“He also admitted using a programme called Tor Browser to download these images as the programme apparently makes it more difficult to identify computers downloading such material.
“The accused admitted that he knew that this was wrong and always thought that he would get caught.”
Miss Robertson told the court that a total of 496 indecent images and 136 indecent videos were recovered from a computer tower and 12,549 images and 44 videos recovered from a hard drive.
She added: “The eMule file sharing software was installed on the accused’s computer. This is a software package which allows people to exchange any any form of computer file on a person-to-person basis on the internet.
“Sixteen indecent videos of children had been shared by the accused.”
Sheridan, of Baldovan Terrace, had admitted possessing and distributing indecent images of children between December 2012 and December 2013.
Asking Sheriff Elizabeth Munro to consider a community payback order with unpaid work, George Donnelly, defending, said: “I would ask in the case of this particular and peculiar accused, to deviate from the High Court sentencing guidelines. This would not be an easy order, it is an order with a huge list of requirements.”
Sheriff Elizabeth Munro told Sheridan: “I have reached the conclusion that only a custodial sentence is appropriate, but I will offer you the chance to make changes.”
Sheriff Munro sentenced Sheridan to 27 months in jail with an extended sentence of 24 months following his release.
Dundee university student admits having 13,045 images of kids
An Abertay University student who had more than 13,000 indecent images of children had sentence deferred at Dundee Sheriff Court.
Anthony Sheridan, 34, of Baldovan Terrace, had 13,045 indecent images of children and a further 180 indecent videos of children.
The court heard that the majority of the images were level four — at the higher end of the scale — and that Sheridan shared 16 of the videos via file sharing software.
He previously admitted three charges, all of which occurred at his home address and elsewhere unknown, between December 6 and 9, 2013.
Sheridan admitted having indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children and distributing or showing indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.
He further admitted taking or permitting to be taken or making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.
Sentence was deferred until March 12.