April 2018

Paedophile who worked at one of the country’s top private schools avoids jail sentence

A pervert who worked at one of the country’s top private schools has avoided a jail sentence after he was caught with horrific child rape movies.

Darren Scordecchia downloaded the sickening films and pictures showing youngsters as young as eight-years-old being abused by adults.

Scordecchia stored the abuse footage on his home computer and used file names to classify them.

The 35-year-old was found to have several Category A films – the worst end of the spectrum – and a number of Category C still images hidden on computer equipment.

He also had one Category A film and a further 16 Category B and C pictures stored on a hard drive police officers found at his plush Edinburgh home last year.

Scordecchia was working as a technical support analyst at the capital’s fee-paying Mary Erskine School and Stewart Melville College when he was caught with the images.

Following his arrest the school worker was immediately suspended from his position where non-boarding pupils pay up to £11,000 per year to attend.

He was subsequently sacked from his position at the school following an internal investigation in June 2017.

Scordecchia had previously pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possessing indecent images of children at an address at the city’s Trinity area when he appeared in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and he returned for sentencing on Wednesday.

Sheriff Norman McFadyen told  him that ‘the possession of the material requires the court to consider a custodial sentence’ but stopped short of jailing him.

Instead the sheriff ordered Scordecchia to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and placed him on a supervision order for 12 months.

He was also placed him on the sex offenders register for 12 months and handed out a year-long conduct requirement banning him from owning devices which can connect to the internet without seeking prior approval.

Previously fiscal depute Aidan Higgins told the court police officers executed a search warrant on May 25 last year after they had received intelligence that child abuse images had been downloaded at the address.  

Mr Higgins said: ‘The accused was present [during the search] and he said he used the internet every day and had seen indecent images of children within his home.

‘The computer equipment was seized from the property and sent for analysis. A number of images and movies showing indecent images of children were recovered.’

Mr Higgins said five movies were found on the computer equipment with the file names including ‘Emma – 8-yr-old model’, ‘Daphne – 9-yrs-old’ and ‘pre-teen’.

A hard drive was also seized by police and one Cat A movie and 16 Cat B and C images of child abuse were subsequently discovered.

The prosecutor added the worst of the movies depicted ‘activity with male and female children between the ages of seven and 12 being penetrated by adults’.

Another horrific movie showed girls between the ages of 10 and 12 ‘engaging in sexual activity between themselves’.

Solicitor Andrew Houston, defending, said his client, of Laichpark Road, Edinburgh, was receiving ‘specialist counselling’ and has been voluntarily engaging with the Stop It Now organisation since June last year.

Scordecchia admitted to possessing indecent images of children at an address at Trinity Road, Edinburgh, between April 1 and May 25 last year.

March 2018

A paedophile worker at a top Scots private school has admitted downloading horrific child rape movies.

Twisted Darren Scordecchia, 35, was caught in possession of sickening films showing schoolgirls as young as eight being sexually abused.

Scordecchia, a technical support analyst at Edinburgh’s Mary Erskine School and Stewart Melville College, used file names including ‘virgin angels’, ‘good daughter – anal with dad’ and ‘pre-teen Lolita’ for his sick stash.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard he was found to have several Category A films and Category C still images hidden on computer equipment.

Police also found a further film and pics stored on a hard drive at his plush Edinburgh home last year.

Following his arrest the school worker was immediately suspended from his position with Mary Erskine School and Stewart Melville College where non-boarding pupils pay up to £11,000 per year to attend.

He was then dismissed from the school organisation after 13-years service following a internal probe in June 2017.

Scordecchia pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possessing indecent images of children at an address at the city’s Trinity area during an appearance in the dock yesterday

Fiscal depute Aidan Higgins told the court officers executed a search warrant on May 25 last year after receiving intelligence that child abuse images had been downloaded at the address.

Mr Higgins said: “The accused was present [during the search] and he said he used the internet every day and had seen indecent images of children within his home.

“The computer equipment was seized from the property and sent for analysis. A number of images and movies showing indecent images of children were recovered.”

Mr Higgins said five movies were found on the computer equipment with the file names including ‘Emma – 8-yr-old model’, ‘Daphne – 9-yrs-old’ and ‘pre-teen’.

The prosecutor added the worst of the movies depicted “male and female children between the ages of seven and 12 being penetrated by adults”.

Another horrific movie showed girls between the ages of 10 and 12 “engaging in penetrative sexual activity between themselves”.

Sheriff Norman McFadyen placed Scordecchia on the sex offenders register for a time still to be determined and deferred full sentence to next month.