March 2005

Fury over let-off for child abuse images policeman

Paul McIndoe, 36, was given 200 hours’ community service even though he admitted downloading horrific images of kids being raped.

The father-of-three attempted to destroy the evidence by wiping his laptop hard-drive only hours before colleagues searched his home in Dalry, Ayrshire. 

That sparked fears among officers that he had been tipped off. 

Children 1st chief executive Margaret McKay said courts had to realise child porn was not a victimless crime. 

The anti-cruelty charity’s boss added: ‘As many of these cases must be brought to court as possible to send out the clear message that there is no hiding place for offenders.’ 

The net closed on McIndoe after US federal agents raided an internet company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and found his credit card records. 

They sent details to Strathclyde Police, who raided his home and found 15 images of children being abused. 

McIndoe admitted downloading the images at his former home in Burn Road in May 2004. 

Paul McBride, QC, defending, said McIndoe had resigned from the police after being charged and was living with his wife and three children at a secret address. 

Sheriff Seith Ireland also sentenced McIndoe to three years’ probation and put him on the sex offenders’ register for the same period. 

The Kilmarnock sheriff told the court that probation was a better way to deal with McIndoe’s ‘offending behaviour’.