Obese paedophile blamed friends & family for indecent images of children
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A 20-stone man caught with images of child sex abuse had become “socially isolated” because of his weight, a court has heard.
Gordon Simpson said his size had led to a poor self-image and he ended up spending a lot of time on the internet.
Simpson also tried to blame his brother and friends for the crime, but finally admitted responsibility.
The 26-year-old, from New Alyth in Perthshire, was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
He was also placed on the sex offenders register and made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for a period of five years.
The SOPO bans him from being alone with children, from having more than one phone and computer, and from using the internet before the police install monitoring equipment on his devices.
Solicitor Mike Tavendale, defending, told Perth Sheriff Court: “Because of his size his self-image is very poor and as a result of that he has become very socially isolated within the home.
“He spends most of his time, when he is not caring for his grandfather, on the internet. He is a first offender. He has never been in any form of trouble before.”
The court heard Simpson initially pointed the finger at his friends – despite them trying to protect him by not reporting what they had discovered by accident on his computer.
He then told the police that one of the computers containing the images was not his and could only have been used by his younger brother.
However, Simpson finally admitted to two charges relating to about 2,000 images, downloaded between 15 April 2011 and 21 November 2012.
Perthshire man found with 2,000 indecent images of young children
A Perthshire man has admitted having around 2,000 indecent images of children aged between three and 10 years old.
Gordon Simpson, 26, Smith Lane, New Alyth, pleaded guilty to making and owning the images which ranged from levels one to five on the COPINE scale.
Investigators discovered a hard drive with 1,706 indecent images, ranging from levels one to five, and a laptop with 242 indecent images, all level one.
They also found another hard drive with 28 indecent images, 27 at level one and one at level four, and a mobile phone with seven indecent photographs at level one.
Depute fiscal Gavin Letford told Perth Sheriff Court that the images were of children aged between three to 10 years, and were predominantly of female children.
Mr Letford stated that in April 2012 a witness living with the accused opened a 10MB computer file that revealed indecent prepubescent images of children.
A second witness, who was tasked with carrying out repairs on the accused’s mobile phone, also randomly opened an image file where he discovered an indecent photo of a child.
Simpson admitted that between December 2011 and November 2012 at Polcalk Farm Cottage, Alyth; Toutie Street, Alyth; and Smith Lane, New Alyth, he took or permitted to be taken indecent photos of children.
He also pleaded guilty that between December 2011 and November 2012 he had in his possession indecent photos of children.
Sheriff Lindsay Foulis placed Simpson on the sex offenders register and deferred sentence for reports until next month.