Paedophile snared with thousands of vile images of children avoids jail
A lying paedophile snared with a huge cache of vile images and videos of tots being sexually abused has narrowly avoided jail.
A sheriff tore a strip off pervert Douglas Gallacher who was caught with almost 3,000 photos and clips of extreme child pornography after a tip off from the police public protection unit.
Gallacher, 28, appeared for sentence at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday where Sheriff Seith Ireland warned him his “horrible crime” was “borderline,” and if weren’t his first conviction, he would have been in prison for for a “substantial period of time.”
Gallacher had used secretive software to amass the collection of offensive material on two external hard disks and a laptop computer in his bedroom at the property at Bargarron Drive, in the town’s Gallowhill area.
And when cops busted him at the address he shares with his parents and grandmother last November, the pervert claimed: “I am the one most at risk from downloading stuff like this because I download movies and I don’t what else is coming with it.”
He pleaded guilty to offences of downloading and storing the vile stash of 1,956 still images and 702 “moving images” in July and was released on bail in preparation of a Criminal Justice Social Work Report prior to being handed his punishment.
Defence agent Chris McKenna told the court that Gallacher had even attempted to deny the offences at his first interview with social workers.
He said: “At his first meeting with social workers, he simply denied the offence, and clearly that is not the case. At the second meeting he told the truth and he fully accepts his responsibilty for the offence.
“In pleas of guilty to this kind offence, the accused will try to minimise their role and deny the offence because of the shame involved. In a crime of this nature it is difficult for him to come to terms with what he has done.
“However, he did acknowledge his crime at the second meeting.”
The lawyer said Gallacher was still living at home with his parents and grandmother, and refusing to socialise or mix with folk his own age.
Mr McKenna added: “He is 28, and lives a reclusive life with no structured activities. He has never had a relationship, has no friends, and he was bullied at school. He also suffers from health problems and still lives with his parents and grandmother.
“He recognises this is a very serious matter, and as he has no previous convictions, the public interest may be better served by the court ordering him treatment to cure his behaviour rather than handing him a custodial sentence.”
Sheriff Ireland told Gallacher he came within inches of sending him to jail.
He said: “The cases are very concerning to the courts. The courts must reflect the wider public interest to record an appropriate outcome. Your case is borderline between a substantial sentence of imprisonment and an imposition of an alternative to custody.
“With regard to that by a narrow judgement, I judge the public better protected by your being treated for this behaviour in viewing these images.”
He made Gallacher subject to a court order of three years where he will report to the Pathways Project, involving people convicted of sexual offences, for treatment for his deviancy.
He also handed him 160 hours unpaid work in the community and continued his registration on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
Gallacher was also made sign an agreement with the court that he will not use the internet, without prior consent from the authorities, and that he will make no attempt to contact any children under 17.
He is also banned from using any device capable of accessing the web, or storing images, without seeking permission from his supervisors
Paisley paedophile blamed his gran for sick images
A RENFREWSHIRE paedophile who was caught with a huge stash of videos and images depicting child sexual abuse suggested to police his gran might be to blame.
28-year-old Paisley man Douglas Gallacher was nabbed with nearly 3,000 extreme sexual images involving children and videos at the home he shares with his parents and grandmother in Gallowhill.
He could have accepted his guilt, clearing his loved ones, who had done nothing wrong.
But he did not accept guilt, suggesting his gran or parents, who have not been named, may be to blame.
He said: “I’m the one most at risk from downloading stuff like this because I download movies and I don’t know what else is coming with it.
“I have been against child abuse since I was old enough to know what it was.”
The details emerged this week when Gallacher admitted his guilt at Paisley Sheriff Court.
Fiscal Kerry Marshall told the court officers searched the property at 8am on November 18.
He said: “The search recovered a Toshiba external hard disk from the accused’s bedroom, a SATA hard disk was found in the same room, and an Acer laptop was recovered from a cupboard.
“A preview examination was carried out at the premises of the equipment and it confirmed the presence of images of young children.
“Officers asked the accused’s father if there was other ownership of the devices.
“He stated his son was the sole owner and user of the equipment .”
Experts discovered nearly 2,000 pictures and 702 videos.
Some of the images were categorised at ‘A’ on the Sexual Offences Definitive guidelines – the worst possible level.
Sheriff Seith Ireland put Gallacher on the Sexual Offenders Register and warned him he faces jail.
He said: “All options – including a custodial sentence – are open to the court.”
Sentence was deferred for Gallacher to be assessed by social workers.
He was released on bail, banning him from having any contact with children under the age of 16 and from accessing the Internet. He will be sentenced in September.