August 2016

Pervert caught with indecent images of kids after lost phone is traced

A Shotts pervert was only caught with sickening indecent images of children when he lost his phone at the town’s healthy living centre.

Gordon Shearer, of Bon Accord Crescent, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children between July 28 and October 15 last year and also distributing indecent pictures.

Fiscal depute Imran Bashir confirmed to the court that of the 110 images found on Shearer’s ‘lost’ Sony phone, 27 were classed as the most grotesque Category A with 18 being classified as Category C and the remaining 65 defined as Category C.

A further two images were found on a phone discovered in Shearer’s bedroom.

A total of 26 images were distributed by Shearer through a messenger app which contained boys and girl aged between four and 12.

The court heard that workers at the centre had found a black Sony mobile phone at the smoking area in the centre’s car park.

They powered the phone up and looked through the pictures to try and trace the owner.

However, they were alarmed to discover snaps that were pornographic and indecent.

The workers handed the phone into Shotts Police Station and reported what they had found.

A forensic team then examined the phone and confirmed that in total 110 indecent images of children were on the mobile.

Forensics also confirmed that several images had distributed and the owner was Shearer.

Police quickly obtained a warrant and searched the home Shearer shared with his parents and brother.

When officers arrived at around 8pm they were allowed in by Shearer’s brother.

Shearer himself was in the living room with his parents.

The property was searched and officers seized a black Microsoft phone, which was found in Shearer’s bedroom.

Shearer was then taken to Motherwell Police Office. During his interview Shearer said that he was the owner of the Sony phone but had lost it a few months earlier.

He denied using Facebook and a messenger app to distribute pictures and denied all knowledge of the indecent images.

Sentence was deferred on Shearer until August 23.