February 2018

Beast with photos of baby being abused dodges jail

A predatory pervert who traded child sex abuse pictures on the internet with youngsters has been handed unpaid work instead of jail.

Twisted Jamie McAllister, 34, amassed a vile collection of photos and videos, including some of a baby being abused, on his laptop and mobile phone.

The creep collected more than 450 obscene photos and films, including 73 at category A, the worst level of classification, before he was caught by child protection cops.

McAllister also offered to exchange indecent photos with teenage users of the Kik messenger service — even asking to meet one boy aged 15 in return for pictures and videos.

He appeared for sentencing at Paisley Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to a string of charges of downloading and distributing obscene images from his home at Pinkerton Lane, Renfrew.

 

Defence agent Mark Chambers urged the court to stop short of jailing first offender McAllister and hand him a community-based disposal with “protective” measures in place.

He said: “I would ask the court to deal with him in an exceptional manner, giving him a community-based disposal with restrictive measures and significant conditions being placed upon him.

“These would likely include protective factors. He is an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a different situation than for a normal person.

“I would also ask the court to give him credit for his early plea of guilty.”

The lawyer added the day McAllister was snared by child protection cops, “would live long in the memory of his family.”

The court heard at around 7.30am on February 9, 2017, police officers, armed with a search warrant and acting on intelligence about indecent images of children being downloaded, visited McAllister’s home.

The pervert even quipped to officers searching his home that he thought he “would have been awake” and would have been “able to get rid of it” in time.

The forensic examination of his Toshiba laptop and his iPhone 6 showed 451 images and movies of child sexual abuse had been stored.

Analysis revealed 73 were category A, of which 48 were pictures and 25 films.

There were 143 category B, of which 132 were pictures and 11 films. While of the remaining 235 category C files, two were films.

The court heard the category A files included photos of babies, with one image of a baby being violated by an adult.

McAllister also “had been communicating with other individuals using the peer network Kik Messenger and had been exchanging and offering exchange of indecent images”.

He even sent photos of himself to a 14-year-old user as well as revealing his sordid “preferences” in online chats.

The court was told he “preferred young boys and girls aged between eight and 15 or up to two years older, if they looked young enough.”

He pleaded guilty to making indecent photos of children between August 19, 2014 and February 9, 2017.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing or showing indecent photos of children between September 9, 2016 and February 8, 2017.

McAllister admitted a third charge of sending over public electronic communications written statements that were grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing in character to persons unknown, and expressing a desire in his written communications to various Kik users.

Sheriff Colin Pettigrew, who had called for background reports prior to handing him his punishment, said: “You have pleaded guilty to downloading, storing and sharing indecent images of children over the internet.

“These were grossly offensive and indecent in character.

“And these are serious offences.

“Downloading and distributing indecent images of children is part of the problem of child sex abuse – as each photograph represents the abuse of the child depicted.

“The sharing of these images further exploits the victims.”

However, the sheriff told McAllister he would spare him a prison stretch and handed him 300 hours unpaid work as well as further treatment with the Pathways Project, which works with sex offenders.

McAllister was also placed under supervision of the social work department, banned from internet unless supervised, and barred from having contact with anyone under the age of 16.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for three years.

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