Paedophile caught with sick stash of child abuse images
A paedophile whose sick stash of child sexual abuse images was found after he bragged about his horde to a fellow visitor to a gay rights conference has avoided a jail term.
Douglas Thomson told another person at an LGBT conference in Glasgow that he had “stuff he wouldn’t want others to see” on his computer at home when they asked to borrow his laptop.
His acquaintance then found search terms on the laptop so disturbing that they called police.
Cops then raided his home in Dundee and uncovered his sick haul.
Fiscal depute Saima Paedophile caught with sick stash of child abuse images after bragging about disgusting images at gay rights conference Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court: “The accused was at the European LGBT conference in Glasgow when a witness asked to borrow his laptop. He said yes.
“He added that he kept his porn on his other laptop and said it was stuff he wouldn’t want others to see.
“The witness saw searches in his history that were concerning, such as ‘man f*****g son porn’.
“The matter was reported to police on August 8 last year.
“His home was searched on September 4 and his laptops were seized.
“It was forensically examined and it was confirmed indecent images were present.
“A total of 271 indecent images were found on his second laptop.
“His phone was also searched and showed search terms suggesting he had searched for child abuse images.”
Thomson, 21, of Drumlithie Place, Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to downloading indecent images of children between December 12 2013 and September 4 2014.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael imposed a community payback order with 200 hours unpaid work, three years supervision and conduct requirements around his internet usage and contact with children.
He was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years.