January 2017

Maybole paedophile caught with hundreds of sick images of children being abused avoids jail sentence

A Maybole factory worker who hoarded child sexual abuse images has avoided prison after police uncovered hundreds of images of children being sexually abused and raped.

Kenneth Campbell, 45, was placed on a rehabilitation programme for two years and a sex offenders prevention order for five years at Ayr Sheriff Court after 797 pictures and 169 moving images were discovered on his living room computer.

He will additionally be subject to three years supervision after admitting to taking or permitting to be taken or making indecent pseudo or pseudo photographs of children and failing to attend court in August last year.

Campbell was arrested in December 2015 after he was found to be in possession of the sickening stash when police seized a computer during a raid at his home.

Some of the most serious category A images included a three-year-old girl being raped by someone called ‘Dad’ and another showing a little boy being abused.

Computer forensic experts found 204 still pictures and 75 moving images graded as the worst sadist category along with hundreds of other indecent images.

Addressing the offence, Sheriff Desmond Leslie said: “It doesn’t take me to tell you how serious this case is and I have given it a great deal of thought.

“Given the quantity of images, I would not overlook the fact of such depravity and obscenity would require me to consider a custodial sentence.

“I take into account that you had the opportunity to view the category A images in a limited amount of time.

“I respect the fact you made a disclosure to the police, you were anxious to have this matter dealt with.

“Taking this all into account and the images, I loft the view it can be dealt with by means of a non-custodial sentence.

“Should there be a recurrence, you will be in a very serious situation, this will pale what is to come should you breach the order.”

Campbell, who is single, will now participate in the Moving Forward and Making Changes Programme and has been ordered to reappear in the dock in March for a review.

January 2017

Depraved Maybole paedophile hoarded hundreds of sick images of children being raped and abused

A paedophile hoarded hundreds of images of children being raped and abused.

Kenneth Campbell, 45, had 797 sick pictures and 169 moving images on a computer in his living room.

Many were of the most serious category A – with one showing a three-year-old girl being raped by someone called ‘Dad’.

Another showed a little boy being abused.

Police stormed his home in Maybole at 9.25am in December 2015 and seized the computer.

He was taken to Ayr police office after they discovered the evil stash.

Depute fiscal Neva Houston told Ayr Sheriff Court this week: “During the police interview, he admitted downloading indecent images of children.”

Computer forensic experts found 204 still pictures and 75 moving images graded as the worst sadist category along with hundreds of other indecent images.

The Maybole factory worker appeared in court on Tuesday.

Lawyer Peter Lockhart said Campbell expressed “relief that the matter had been detected”.

“He wanted to bring the matter to a head,” the court was told.

The solicitor also said his client “feared retribution and was concerned for his safety”.

He told the court Campbell gave up work after his father was diagnosed with cancer and receiving chemotherapy.

Mr Lockhart said his unmarried client started viewing pornography and “matters escalated”.

Describing Campbell’s background, he said: “He disclosed he had been sexually abused as a child but not by a family member.”

Mr Lockhart continued: “He accepts the damage this type of offence does to vulnerable children and the rightful revulsion society feels for these offences.”

He said his client would move home but probably stay in Ayrshire.

Campbell admitted taking or permitting to be taken or making indecent pseudo or pseudo photographs of children. He also pled guilty to failing to attend court in August last year.

He was due to be sentenced this week.

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