December 2009

Former classroom assistant snared with child abuse images

A teaching assistant at a special needs school has been snared with hundreds of kiddie porn images after the FBI mounted a sting operation.

An American special agent logging on to Yahoo Messenger chat rooms with the name Gingermom lured twisted James McWilliams, 54, into online dialogue.

And in the chat session that followed sicko McWilliams, using the name Luv2Munchyou11, sent out indecent images, Paisley Sheriff Court heard.

The court was told that McWilliams, who once worked at Corseford School in Johnstone, distributed or accepted around 300 sick images via a laptop and a desk top computer at his former home in Bridge of Weir.

Since his arrest in April the dad has been banned from going near the school or returning to the family home in Bridge of Weir as part of his bail conditions.

McWilliams will now have his name placed on the Sex Offenders Register after admitting three charges.

He pleaded guilty to having the indecent images of children in his possession between January and April this year, making images by accepting them when downloading from other internet sources and distributing them by sending images to others from his computer.

The court heard the accused was snared after the Federal Bureau of Investigation received intelligence that he had been distributing indecent images of children through a website chat room.

Depute fiscal Pat Calender said: A law enforcement agent with the FBI logged on to Yahoo Messenger chat room with the username Gingermom1970 and engaged someone with the user name Luv2Munchyou11 in conversation.

He said his name was James and during the chat session sent indecent images of a teenage girl to Gingermom using a photo share facility. Investigations were subsequently carried out and it was discovered the accuseds name was James McWilliams.

Further checks revealed his address and Strathclyde Police obtained a search warrant and went there after being informed.

Two computers were seized and taken to be forensically examined, and 329 images were recovered in total.

Of these, 28 in total had been distributed by perverted McWilliams.

Sheriff Neil Douglas deferred sentence and called for a background report, community service order assessment and a profile from the Pathways Project for sex offenders. McWilliams was ordered to return to court to learn his fate on January 5.