March 2018

Dundee man who downloaded 5,000 indecent images of kids allowed to keep his computer

A pervert who downloaded more than 5,000 indecent images of children has been allowed to keep his computer

Andrew Glenn told police officers after he was arrested that he had “never touched any young boys”.

At Dundee Sheriff Court, Glenn, 59, of Mains Road, was told that he must attend the Tay Project programme for sex offenders and was placed under supervision on a community payback order for three years.

Glenn was found with almost 5,000 indecent images and more than 200 indecent videos on his home computer when police arrived with a search warrant.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael placed Glenn on the sex offenders register for three years with conditions including that he did not own any more than one mobile telephone or one computer and that he did not use social networking sites without permission from his supervising officer.

Fiscal depute Charmaine Gilmartin told the court that when Glenn was shown the warrant by officers, he said: “I have an interest in child pornography. I have for a long time now. But I don’t touch any young boys, I never have. I was touched when I was 11.”

Glenn admitted that between February 28 2009 and June 28 2017, at an address in the Hilltown area, he took, or permitted to be taken, or made indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

The fiscal added that Glenn told cops he had tried to destroy his computer in an effort to break his addiction.

Mrs Gilmartin said police visited Glenn’s flat on June 29 last year. They searched the property and computer equipment was seized.

Following technical analysis, she said 401 category A images and 139 category A videos were found, as well as 2,017 category B images and 61 videos and 1,865 category C images and eight videos.

Solicitor Nicola Brown said Glenn had serious mental health difficulties and a psychiatrist’s assessment showed he was suffering from a previously undiagnosed mental health disorder.

In addition, his GP had identified other mental health issues and physical difficulties and she said Glenn was in a state of distress as a result of the case.

She said background reports had deemed him suitable for a community-based disposal but unpaid work was not suitable due to his condition.

February 2018

Dundee man who had thousands of child abuse images claimed it was an ‘addiction’

A man who downloaded indecent images of children told police officers he had been abused as a child himself and said it was “an addiction”.

Andrew Glenn, 59, of Mains Road, told arresting officers he had “never touched any young boys”.

Glenn was found with nearly 5,000 indecent images and more than 200 indecent videos on his home computer when police arrived with a search warrant.

Fiscal depute Charmaine Gilmartin told Dundee Sheriff Court that when Glenn was shown the warrant by officers at his home, he said: “I have an interest in child pornography.

“I have for a long time now. But I don’t touch any young boys, I never have. I was touched when I was 11.”

Glenn admitted that he took or permitted to be taken or made indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children between February 28 2009 and June 28 2017.

The fiscal added that Glenn told police he had tried to destroy his computer in an effort to break his addiction.

Mrs Gilmartin told the court: “The accused said, ‘There are laptops in there. They have no hard drives though. I broke the hard drive to try and stop what I was doing and getting on the internet — it’s an addiction’.”

Mrs Gilmartin said police arrived at Glenn’s flat on June 29 2017.

Police searched the property and computer equipment was seized. Following technical analysis, she said, 401 category A images and 139 category A videos were found.

A further 2,017 category B images and 61 videos and 1,865 category C images and eight videos were also discovered.

Solicitor Nicola Brown told the court Glenn had serious mental health difficulties and a psychiatric assessment had been ordered.

A report on her client showed he was suffering from a previously undiagnosed mental health disorder.

In addition, Glenn’s GP had identified other mental health issues and physical difficulties and she said her client was in a state of distress as a result of the court case.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until March 13 for reports and a Tay Project assessment.

He placed Glenn on the sex offenders register in the meantime. Bail was granted.

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