Paedo downloaded 130 clips of kids being abused in just two days
An already convicted paedophile was behind bars last night after he was caught with child sexual abuse videos, just two years after being caught with 8,000 indecent pictures and movies involving youngsters aged between one and 15
Adam McCairns, 25, hid 130 clips of youngsters being tortured in a file named after the fantasy tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons
A jury took just seven minutes to find him unanimously guilty.
The fiend amassed the sordid stash in less than two days – searching terms including ‘paedo’, ‘Lolita’ and underage ‘prostitute’.
He denied downloading and possessing the images during a trial at Paisley Sheriff Court.
Forensic expert Amanda McDonell told how the films were hidden in “folders within the folder”.
She said: “Possibly to hide the fact that it’s indecent images of children.”
McCairns hoarded the videos at his flat yards away from St Charles’ Primary School.
Cops seized his hard drive after raiding his flat in Barterholm Road.
The files were stored in a folder labelled “D and D stuff”.
The court heard more than half the images were in the worst category for depravity which involved the horrific abuse and rape of young children.
McCarins had scoured the web for clips of kids as young as four being abused.
He used peer-to-peer sharing software to link to computers around the world and gather videos of boys and girls in January.
Software tests revealed he also had file-deleting software to try and cover his tracks.
The court heard the pervert had been caught with more than 8,000 child abuse images two years ago.
He was being monitored by police and social workers when he downloaded more.
McCairns was given a Community Payback Order after being caught in 2016.
Prosecutor David McDonald urged the court to ban the weirdo from working with children and deleting his online history.
Sheriff Tom McCartney put McCairns on the Sex Offenders’ Register and remanded him while a background probe is carried out.
He said: “I will adjourn sentencing for the preparation of a Criminal Justice Social Work Report and a risk assessment.
“You shall be detained in custody meantime.”
McCairns faces a lengthy jail term when he returns to the dock next month.
Paisley pervert had 8,000 pictures of children being abused
A twisted computer graduate hoarded thousands of indecent images of youngsters being sexually abused.
Adam McCairns, 23, who hopes to forge a career in the IT industry, amassed 8,000 pictures and movies involving youngsters aged between one and 15 on a PC rigged up in his bedroom.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard how McCairns’ voracious online trawling alerted the Cyber Crime Unit and, when cops busted his home in the town’s Barterholm Road, they found a huge collection of obscene material.
Forensic analysis revealed he had gathered 37 still images and 170 moving images at category A, the worst level of classification which involved the horrific abuse and rape of young children.
The accused had 129 still images and 83 moving images at category B. He also had collected 7,562 still images and 99 moving images at category C.
McCairns lives only a few hundred yards from busy St Charles’ Primary.
He had pleaded guilty to charges of taking or permitting to be taken indecent photographs of children.
Yesterday, he appeared shame-faced in the dock for sentencing, after his defence agent Gordon Ritchie argued that he was “an extremely vulnerable young man” who would have been “easily identified and targeted in the prison system”.
He said: “He hopes to forge a career in the computing industry and his ability to preserve his career would be severely restricted.
“I would urge that a non-custodial sentence comprised of a Community Payback Order, in relationship to his ownership of computers, and to have his liberty restricted with supervision by the social work department.”
The lawyer added former West College Student McCairns would also benefit from mandatory attendance with the Pathways Project, which works with sex offenders.
The accused had been using file sharing software to download the disturbing material between April 2015 and April 2016, until his offences came to the attention of police.
Sheriff David Pender told him: “Having listened to the various points raised by your lawyer and having read the contents of a Criminal Justice Social Work Report, I am of the opinion it wouldn’t be in the public interest to impose a custodial sentence.”
He placed the McCairns on the Sexual Offenders’ Register for three years, and barred him from having any contact with children aged under 16 without prior consent, and barred him from using any device capable of connecting to the internet, without permission.
He added: “I will impose a Community Payback Order of three years under supervision of the social work department and you will attend the Pathways Project, or any project ordered to do so.”
He handed McCairns 300 hours of unpaid work — the maximum amount — to be completed with 12 months.
He added that the accused cannot use any device capable of taking or storing pictures.