September 2016

Man found guilty on child abuse images charges

A MAN from Abronhill faces a lengthy jail sentence after being caught with hundreds of indecent images involving children on his computer.

Christopher Rodgers, 42, of Laburnum Road, was convicted by a jury at Airdrie Sheriff Court.

After a juror took ill during the two day trial and was excused service, the remaining 14 members returned a majority verdict of guilty.

The court heard how Rodgers took or permitted to be taken or made indecent photographs of young children between August 1, 2012 and December 11, 2014.

He was also convicted of possessing of indecent images of children between the same dates. Both offences happened at his home.

The jury were read a report from Jaclyn Jardine and Lance Wilkinson of Police Scotland’s Cybercrime Unit based at Helen Street, Glasgow, who examined Rodgers’ laptop. Rodgers claimed that almost 300 images had been put on his computer by an unnamed person during a party.

Police, during a raid on Rodgers’ home and acting on intelligence, seized his ASUS laptop, disc and a DVD.

The jury heard evidence from Scene Examiner Robert Smith, Detective Sergeant Juha Martilla, Detective Constable Scott Boyle and Detective Constable Carla O’Neill who were questioned by Prosecutor Julie O’Hara.

Sheriff Morag Galbraith deferred sentence until next month and called for reports and a risk assessment as to the danger Rodgers poses to children. Bail has been continued.