October 2017

More than 20,000 indecent images found by police at paedophile’s home

SICKENING images of babies being seriously sexually assaulted were discovered among a cache of more than 20,000 indecent images found by police at a man’s home.

And one horrific image depicted a three-month-old tot being sexually abused by a man.

The images were found on three devices belonging to 58-year-old James Simpson, of Anniesland, who appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last Tuesday on indictment.

He admitted being in possession of indecent images between July 28, 2012 and January 10, 2017 at his previous home in Campsie Drive in Bearsden

His not guilty plea to possession of extreme pornographic images, depicting sexual activity between humans and animals, was accepted by the Crown.

The shocking catalogue of Simpson’s collection of incident images was outlined by fiscal depute Kevin Doherty.

He said: “Police received information that indecent images were to be found at the property in Bearsden.

“Police, acting on information, obtained a search warrant and attended the address at 8am on January 10, 2017.

“A systematic search was carried out and police recovered three devices, found in the accused’s office in the garden area of the property. And the accused confirmed he owned and used each of them [the devices].”

Simpson, the court was told, said to officers: “Give that to your cyber boys because that’s what you are looking for.”

An analysis of the devices was carried out and in total 20,773 indecent images were found, some still images, others moving images.

Many of the images were deemed to be category A images, the most serious. And many others were found to be in the category B and C ranges.

Mr Doherty detailed the contents of the images which are too horrifying to print.

Defence QC Janice Green told the court Simpson had no previous convictions and had co-operated fully with the authorities once the offences came to light.

The court was also told how Simpson had since voluntarily attended behavioural therapy as his own expense in a bid to deal with his issues

Ms Green added: “He’s in the process of settling his financial affairs and is separated from his wife.”

Sheriff William Gallacher deferred sentence until Thursday, November 16 in order to obtain a criminal justice social work report and Simpson’s bail was continued.

However, Sheriff Gallacher told Simpson, now of Netherton Avenue: “You have pleaded guilty to a very serious charge and I will consider all the options before me after I read the report. Do not take that as a guarantee that you will retain your liberty.”