August 2017

Police hunt finds indecent images

A Drumnadrochit pervert held his hands up when police raided his home in a hunt for indecent images of children.

Scott Russell (25) admitted possessing the material when cops came to his parents’ house where he stayed and told them: “I know what this is about.

“I viewed images on my tablet.”

Police were acting on intelligence obtained on November 30, last year.

And, armed with a search warrant, a team headed to the house at The Fioch, Balmachan Road to begin a detailed search of the premises.

Procurator Fiscal Roderick Urquhart told Inverness Sheriff Court how Russell immediately confessed to the offences.

And Mr Roderick added of Russell: “He was detained and taken to Burnett Rod Police Station.

“And there, during an interview, he admitted to viewing and downloading indecent images of children.

“He said he did this because he was struggling to come to terms with his sexuality.

“He confirmed he had used the tablet to do this and that he was the only person who used this device, or the only person who knew the pass code to access it.

“His tablet computer was seized and examined and 213 thumb nail images were recovered.

“But of these only eight were still accessible to the user.

“In a micro SD card file they found 85 indecent still images of children all accessible to the user.

“A total of 298 images had the following categorisations: A-69; B067 and C-162.”

Mr Urquhart added of the investigation: “The specialist also found 31 indecent videos, all of which were still accessible to the user and with the following categorisations: A-19 and B-12.

“The tablet also contained a record of conversations with other such minded persons which showed him receiving and, on a single occasion on March 16, 2016 only, sending as an attachment containing two indecent images of children in response to a specific request.”

Sheriff Margaret Neilson heard Russell pled guilty to both charges.

She then adjourned the case until September 22 for criminal justice social work reports “with immediate effect.

And Sheriff Neilson also told Russell that he would be subject to the Sex Offenders Register.

She allowed him bail and he was ordered to return to Inverness Sheriff Court on September 22.

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