May 2017

Man jailed for electronic hoard of child sex abuse images

A repeat sex offender who downloaded a stash of child abuse images on his mother’s laptop was today (Wednesday) behind bars.

James Stewart had avoided jail on an identical charge just months before creating a new hoard of indecent images of children.

Police working on a tip off raided his flat in Dundee and his mother’s home in Arbroath.

They found images stored on a hard drive and an iPad – as well as a computer belonging to Stewart’s mother.

He now faces a lengthy jail term after a sheriff told him he had “completely subverted” a three-year community order he was placed on in early 2015.

Fiscal depute Trina Sinclair told Dundee Sheriff Court: “The accused is a repeat offender and a registered sex offender having been convicted in January 2015.

“On November 19, 2015, police received intelligence that a device connected to the internet had been downloading indecent images of children. “The accused’s property was searched along with his mother’s address. “Equipment was seized for examination.”

Child abuse images – some at the most serious level – were discovered on a PC tower and a hard drive as well as videos running to five hours and 49 minutes. Miss Sinclair added: “

A Toshiba laptop owned by his mother was examined. “The hard drive had been connected to it previously. “It contained 174 images of males and females aged five to 15. “His mother denied any knowledge of the content.”

Stewart, 42, of Strathairlie Avenue, Arbroath, pleaded guilty on indictment to downloading indecent images of children in October and November 2015.