October 2016

Elderly paedophile placed on sex offenders’ register after pictures of four-year-olds found on laptop

A 64-year-old man who shared indecent images of children has been placed on the sex offenders’ register.

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Monday, William Kerr, of Strathmore Park, Irvine, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography depicting bestiality.

The offences were committed between February 2009 and January this year.

The court heard that Kerr came to the attention of the police after they seized computer equipment from another address in January last year.

An examination of the equipment revealed indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

And it became apparent that the computer owner had been sharing images and “the user names of children who could be coerced into performing indecent acts on web cams”.

Further forensic examination found a user name linked to an account held by Kerr.

It was in January this year that police went to Kerr’s home, armed with a search warrant, and seized a laptop computer and other devices.

When he was later interviewed by police, the accused admitted searching for indecent images “five or six years ago”.

But he “didn’t answer questions about communicating with other users through Skype”.

An examination of Kerr’s computer uncovered 51 still and three moving images of children – some at the highest level of severity.

They featured girls ranging in age from four to 15-years-old.

Katy Dawson told Sheriff Shirley Foran that she would reserve her comments for the next court date and asked only that Kerr’s bail be continued.

Sentence was deferred until November 29 for a criminal justice social work report.