April 2019

Serial sex offender escapes jail after being caught with child porn for second time

A repeat sex offender caught with a single indecent image of a child is being given the chance to “make a life” for himself.

Joseph McNaughton was previously jailed for three years for lewd behaviour and has a previous conviction for possession of child porn.

Despite his conviction, police officers discovered the image at McNaughton’s home in Ivanhoe, Calderwood, during a routine visit.

The 27-year-old was under supervision at the time of the check-up and admitted downloading the indecent image of a child on October 18 last year.

Appearing at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week, his defence told Sheriff Thomas Millar that McNaughton appreciated the seriousness of his reoffending.

The indecent image seized featured a girl thought to be aged between five and eight years old.

Sheriff Millar imposed a three-year supervision order which includes no unsupervised contact with children aged under 17.

McNaughton must make any devices capable of access to the Internet available for inspection at any time – he was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for three years.

Sheriff Millar told him: “Unlike some others, you fully recognise the harm that can be caused by your behaviour. You have not sought to minimise matters.

“You complied with the previous order and seem to have been making a life for yourself outside custody.

“I hope you can do so.”

February 2019

Sex offender caught with indecent image of child on laptop two days after released on bail

A sex offender was caught with an indecent image of a child on his laptop computer when police made a routine visit to his East Kilbride home.

Joseph McNaughton was jailed previously for lewd behaviour and also has a previous conviction for possession of child porn.

McNaughton, 27, a prisoner, was back in the dock at Hamilton Sheriff Court to admit downloading a single indecent image of a child on October 18 last year.

Neil Thomson, prosecuting, said police officers discovered the image at McNaughton’s home in Ivanhoe, Calderwood.

He was on the sex offenders register at the time and also subject to a sexual offences prevention order. He had been given bail after an appearance at the same court for another matter two days earlier.

Mr Thomson said one reason for the visit was to check what McNaughton had been viewing on internet devices.

The indecent image seized featured a girl thought to be aged between five and eight years old. McNaughton was arrested and following an initial court appearance was remanded in custody.

He was jailed for three years in 2011 for lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour.

Then in 2016 police carrying out a routine visit to his home found indecent images of boys on his phone.

He avoided jail on that occasion and was instead put under supervision for three years

That supervision order was still in place when he committed the latest offence.

Sheriff Thomas Millar called for background reports and a risk assessment.

Sentence was deferred until March 26 and McNaughton was again remanded in custody.

December 2016

East Kilbride pervert caught with indecent images of kids spared jail

A SEX offender caught with a stash of indecent images of children escaped a jail sentence.

Depraved Joseph McNaughton, 25, was caught red-handed with the images at his home in Ivanhoe, in East Kilbride’s Calderwood, on May 6.

Fiscal depute Callum Forsyth previously told the court police officers making a routine visit asked permission to view his iPhone.

“They observed indecent images of juvenile males”, said Mr Forsyth.

“A search warrant was granted and officers went over the contents of the seized phone with the accused.

“He was detained and taken to Motherwell Police Office where he was interviewed and gave no comment.”

McNaughton was subsequently charged and gave no reply.

The court heard four indecent still images – two at Category B and two at Category C – were found on the device which were easily accessible. The images were all of male children.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how the pervert was jailed for three years in January 2011 for lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour offences committed the previous year.

Handing McNaughton a community payback order, which included three years’ supervision, Sheriff Ray Small said: “The offence itself is a serious one and is only mitigated by the low number of images which aren’t classed as the most serious.

“But given your previous history of sexually related offending, I will sentence you to the maximum period of supervision available to me.”

McNaughton was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years and a review hearing was set for June 7, 2017.