June 2016

‘Porn addict’ shared child abuse images

A self-confessed pornography addict who admitted possessing and distributing child abuse images has been placed on the sex offenders register.

Damien Bancroft shared the photographs and videos from addresses in Dundee and Forfar over a four-and-a-half year period.

A court was told that the 36-year-old could not explain why he had distributed the material to others.

Bancroft will be sentenced at Forfar Sheriff Court on 3 August.

Depute fiscal Trina Sinclair told the court that police officers, acting on information, found more than 600 still images and 16 videos on two laptops and also on a mobile phone.

Miss Sinclair said Bancroft admitted to police that he was a pornography addict, having started watching adult material at the age of 19.

He accepted that he had downloaded and shared images with others but could not explain why that included indecent images of children.

Bancroft admitted taking or making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children between 14 May, 2011 and 20 October, 2015.

He further admitted distributing indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children.

Sheriff Pino de Emidio continued Bancroft’s bail and placed him on the sex offenders’ register in the interim.