June 2018

Vile Renfrewshire paedophile snared with horrifying hoard of child abuse images of babies and tots being raped

A depraved paedophile was caught with a horrifying cache of child abuse images of babies and toddlers being raped and tortured

Pictures and videos hoarded by Jamie Sharp were so graphic a judge had to give a public health warning before the sickening files were described in court.

Sharp, who has a previous conviction for indecent behaviour towards a young girl, pleaded guilty to downloading and possessing child abuse images at an address in Johnstone, Renfrewshire.

Computing experts also discovered he had searched for “young real schoolgirls flashing in uniform” and “pre-teen” in his quest to satisfy his warped sexual desires.

Sickening details of his case were heard during a hearing at Paisley Sheriff Court today.

And before the facts of the case were narrated, Sheriff Colin Pettigrew warned members of the public they may wish to leave the court room due to what they were about to hear, adding: “I am simply giving a public notice of matters which may be found to be distressing by certain members of the public.”

After the case was finished, people present said they were disgusted by what they’d heard while some felt physically sick.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Fiona Holligan then told the court that officers received information that an IP address had been used to access indecent images of children and a search warrant was obtained.

Officers went to search the flat on January 31 last year and seized a Sony mobile phone, a Compaq laptop, an Apple computer, a Cyclone Odyssey Tablet and a USB stick, which were sent off for testing.

Ms Holligan, prosecuting, said: “Chat logs showed the user had an extreme sexual interest in children and there were search terms [which had been used] which were relative to same.”

Following the searches of the computer Sharp was traced to a caravan park in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, where he was detained and interviewed.

Sharp was spared jail in 2007 after being convicted of indecent behaviour towards a young girl and hoarding a previous cache of child abuse images

After hearing that the beast cares for his elderly mum, who recently had a fall, Sheriff Pettigrew released him on bail.

But he warned him he could be jailed for the offences and placed him on the Sex Offenders’ Register as he called for background reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing.

As he did so, he said: “These are serious charges, and they are made all the more serious as you have a previous conviction for analogous offences.

“The fact you’re getting bail today should not preclude any thought that custody is one of the options I’m seriously considering.”

Sharp, who was told he will be referred to the Scottish government so they can decide whether or not he should be banned from working with children, will be sentenced in July.