November 2016

Abronhill man avoids jail for child sexual abuse images offences

An Abronhill man narrowly escaped imprisonment after being found guilty of offences relating to indecent images of children.

Christopher Rodgers (42) of Laburnum Road was convicted last month by a jury at Airdrie Sheriff Court.Rogers denied the charges but was found guilty by a majority verdict.

The court heard that Rodgers took or permitted to be taken indecent photographs of young children for more than two years between August 2012 and December 11 2014.

He also had child abuse images in his computer. Both offences happened when he was staying in Cumbernauld.

Rodgers’ laptop and DVD player were seized in a raid and analysed by Police Scotland’s Cybercrime Unit in Glasgow – and a scene examiner and group of detectives were interviewed in court.

Rodgers had claimed that almost 300 images had been put on his computer by an unnamed person during a party.

Sheriff Morag Galbraith told Rodgers that by the slightest of margins, he had escaped a prison term.He was put on a Community Payback Order which includes three years of supervision and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to undertake alcohol counselling and was banned from unsupervised internet use and from contacting under 17s.

Rodgers must not delete his internet history and is on the Sex Offenders Register for three years.