October 2016

Serial child rapist Robert McGregor unmasked


This is the paedophile monster facing life in jail for raping three little boys.

Predator Robert McGregor filmed himself as he raped the children, then shared the images with other perverts.

We are the first media organisation to obtain a picture of him. It was given to us by a relative of one of his victims in the hope others will come forward.

He seemed like a regular guy – one you would happily go to the pub with.

But the family of one of serial child rapist Robert McGregor’s victims are still trying to come to terms with the horror of what he did to their little boy.

All they can do now is care for the victim – and show the world the monster’s face.

The family today unmask McGregor in the hope it will help reveal the full horror of his crimes.

A relative of the primary-age boy told us: “The police say there are unidentified victims, so maybe publishing his picture will bring others forward.”

McGregor planned it all. Slowly, carefully, deviously, he wormed his way into the family’s trust until they thought it was safe to leave him alone with the child.

Then he raped the boy, just as he raped two others.

McGregor filmed rapes so he could enjoy them again later and shared video of his abuse of one victim with other paedophiles around the world.

He pled guilty this week to a horrific list of sex offences and could face a lifelong sentence when he returns to court in January.

The court heard boys aged three and six were among his victims.

While he was committing his appalling crimes, McGregor’s mask of normality never slipped.

“You could go and have a pint with him and be none the wiser,” the boy’s family member said. “He’s not a stereotype, an old man in a dirty raincoat.

“But he’s just a pure animal. He’s a horrendous person – the decoys and angles he used to separate the kids from their families.

“He was a hardworking young guy who gave money to charities but it appears that was all an image.

“I think he was paying a monthly direct debit to Barnardo’s or somewhere like that. He’s probably been deceiving other people in the same way he deceived me.”

The relative described how McGregor, a 35-year-old delivery driver from Inverness, gradually won the family’s confidence.

“He’d come to the house for dinner and slowly but surely built up a trust,” he said.

“He’d offer to take kids down to the house just to give us a bit of a break, to help out.

“It all just seemed very, very normal, like he was just helping. He took them to the cinema, fishing and camping – overnight.

“We know of other families whose kids he took fishing. He was definitely grooming children – and it’s been going on for 15 years.”

McGregor abused children in the Inverness area for 13 years, starting in 2001.

He was caught after the National Online Child Abuse Prevention Agency learned he had been downloading child sexual abuse images.

Police raided his home in Friars Street, Inverness and more than 2000 indecent photos and 899 videos were recovered – among them McGregor’s films of himself raping the three boys.

McGregor had avoided showing his face, or those of the victims, in the rape videos.

But as police investigated, the identities of the boys emerged. The pervert, who had been on bail, was put back in the dock on rape charges and remanded in custody.

The relative said the boy from his family gave a statement to police about the two years of abuse he had suffered – and “stopped McGregor in his tracks”.

“He’s a smart boy,” he said. “He gave a five-hour interview to the police describing everything that went on. The police were brilliant.”

The family then had to cope with learning the full scale of McGregor’s abuse. It left them traumatised.

The relative said: “There’s no nice way… but at least our lad is not identifiable.

“We were told there might be as many as 20 counts of rape on the three victims.

“It’s pretty hard to hear. We were not prepared for what we got told in court, to be honest.

“It was pretty horrendous.

“I look back now and the annoying thing is that I can join all the dots.”

The relative said the boy was “holding up” despite the horror of what McGregor did to him.

And he revealed that the pervert’s mother had contacted with the family to apologise for her son.

“She got in touch on social media and said she was horrified by his actions,” he said.

“That was a decent thing. She said they told him to plead guilty to save the kids from a trial or that would be it with them.”

The family will struggle for a long time to get over what McGregor did, but the relative said he takes comfort from what he was told by one of the police officers involved in the case.

He said: “They told me you can’t rationalise something irrational.

“We get up in the morning and protect our children. McGregor gets up and looks for an angle to get to children for sexual gratification.

“Our brains don’t work like his.”

At the High Court in Edinburgh on Wednesday, McGregor admitted three charges of raping boys and one of sexually assaulting a child.

He also pled guilty to making indecent photos of children and distributing indecent photos.

The court heard McGregor uploaded five videos to a peer-to-peer app which let other perverts see footage of him abusing one of the boys.

Police experts learned that perverts in America, Germany and in the Czech Republic had accessed the files.

Many of the images McGregor had hoarded from the internet were in the worst category of child porn.

Prosecutor Jo McDonald said: “Some of the images showed children who appeared to be as young as 12 months old.”

The court heard McGregor’s crimes had a profound effect on some of his victims.

Judge Lady Carmichael remanded McGregor in custody and said she would make a risk assessment order.

That can lead to an Order for Lifelong Restriction, where an offender serves a set minimum sentence but will only ever be released if the parole board decides he is no longer dangerous.

October 2016

Man filmed himself abusing young children, and put it online for others to watch


A child rapist who filmed his abuse and uploaded videos of it for others to view was warned he could face a life sentence today.

Robert McGregor, 35, was caught with a cache of child pornography by police which led them to identify three victims he raped as children.

The child abuser’s home at Friars Street, in Inverness, was raided by police earlier this year and laptops and other items were seized for analysis.

Advocate depute Jo McDonald said a search warrant was granted to police after intelligence was received from the National Online Child Abuse Prevention Agency.

More than 2,000 indecent photos and 899 videos were recovered, many of which were found to contain material at the most extreme level.

The prosecutor told the High Court in Edinburgh: “Some of the images showed children who appeared to be as young as 12 months old.”

Some of the videos were found to feature McGregor raping and sexually abusing three victims who were later identified by police.

McGregor had uploaded five videos to a peer to peer internet app which allowed others to access the footage of his abuse of one of his victims.

Police computer experts found that the files had been accessed by others in America, Germany and in the Czech Republic.

McGregor, a delivery driver, made an initial court appearance charged with possessing indecent images of children and was freed on bail before being assaulted.

Following further police investigations it became possible to identify one of his victims and he appeared again in court facing further charges, including child rape. Bail was then refused by a sheriff.

McGregor subsequently pled guilty to six offences when he appeared at the High Court admitting three charges of raping boys, sexually assaulting a youngster, making indecent photos of children and distributing or showing indecent photos.

His sex assaults on children spanned more than a decade between 2001 and 2014 and all the attacks occurred in the Inverness area.

The child sexual abuse images offences took place between 2011 and March this year. Advocate depute said that McGregor’s offending had had a profound effect on some victims.

Defence solicitor advocate John Keenan said it was his intention to seek an independent risk assessment of McGregor following the receipt of initial reports in the case.

The judge, Lady Carmichael, said she would make a risk assessment order and continued the case until January next year with McGregor remanded in custody.

Such an order can lead to the imposition on the offender of an Order for Lifelong Restriction _ an indeterminate sentence with the court setting a minimum period to be served in jail but any future consideration of release left to the parole authorities.

McGregor was earlier put on the sex offenders’ register.