May 2018

Tayside school worker who claimed sentence for trading indecent videos of kids was ‘harsh’ abandons appeal

A perverted Perthshire primary school worker jailed for trading indecent videos of children being abused has abandoned his appeal.

Stuart Allison, 44, admitted being involved in the sickening online trade while he was working with children as young as eight in a classroom setting for Perth and Kinross Council.

Perth Sheriff Court heard he had been downloading child abuse material for more than 12 years before his activities were brought to a halt by the police in November 2016.

After officers raided his house in Trinafour, they discovered Allison had used his Skype account to pass on 100 videos — which were categorised as the most depraved — to other twisted individuals online.

The court was told he had been storing nearly 1,000 videos, which would have taken fully four days to watch, and also had almost 1,500 still images on seven separate internet-ready devices.

The pervert was jailed for 40 months in November last year after admitting that between September 2004 and November 2016 he took, or permitted to be taken, and possessed indecent photographs of children.

He also admitted distributing or showing indecent images of children between August 2015 and May 2016.

During his sentencing, Allison’s solicitor John McLaughlin said his client was “terrified” by the prospect of jail.

Allison also claimed he had turned his life around and was planning on studying at university.

Allison was set to appear at the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary, arguing the sentence was unduly harsh.

Two judges were to preside over the hearing this week at the court in Edinburgh.

But the pervert has now abandoned his appeal.