November 2017

Vile Alexandria paedophile had 62,000 indecent images of children

A paedophile who was snared with more than 60,000 indecent pictures of young children – and videos of girls as young as five that he filmed himself – faces a lengthy prison sentence.

Self-confessed “porn addict” Henry Black – who is now living in Thomas Street, Alexandria – began downloading the indecent images in 2010 and continued his deviant behaviour until January this year.

Police Scotland’s cyber crime unit found 62,000 sickening images on Black’s computer and mobile phone.

The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to the offences, which took place at a home in Moodiesburn, and also admitted being in possession of the pictures.

Black displayed little emotion throughout the hearing, at Airdrie Sheriff Court, and sat with his head bowed as Prosecutor Agnes Meek read out a prepared narrative to Sheriff Petra Collins.

He also pleaded guilty to three additional charges. Between December 2011 and August 2015, he intentionally engaged in a sexual activity in the presence of a five-year-old girl, taking indecent pictures of her. He also recorded the youngster bathing and showering with the intention of looking at the images.

The pervert additionally pleaded guilty to a fifth charge of taking or permitting to be taken, more indecent images of three young girls between December 2011 and August 2015.

Ms Meek said: “He was interviewed under recorded conditions and made full admissions.

“There were 3000 indecent images found on the first computer. He was charged and held in custody pending a court appearance. Further inquiries found pictures and videos of young children naked.

“A further interview took place and he admitted taking the images, including intimate ones of the young girls. He said he was ‘addicted to porn’.”

The prosecutor added: “A full examination was carried out by the cyber crime unit who found 62,000 still images and 379 moving images, some of them in the worst category.

“A number of the moving images were taken with him instructing the girls what to do.”

Black’s solicitor said: “This was a true reflection of the circumstances. Given that reports will be required to be prepared I would ask that the court continue his bail.”

Sheriff Petra Collins told the defendant: “These are extremely serious offences and given that you are a first offender I am required to obtain full background reports on you.

“I will defer sentence and call for a criminal justice social work report and a risk assessment as to the danger you pose to young children.”

Black, who has since moved to Bonhill, was put on the sex offenders’ register for a period of time to be determined when he returns for sentencing in January.

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