August 2018

Police officer caught with images of toddlers being bound & sexually abused spared jail

A married police officer who was caught with a horrific haul of images of toddlers being bound and sexually abused has been spared jail today

The excuse for not jailing him was: “It’s the first time he’s broken the law”

James Paul, 38, who is a father to two girls aged 4 and 2 years old, kept the banned filth – which included pictures of children around the same age as his young daughters being abused – on a computer and a USB stick at his family home in Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

Unbelievably the disgraced officer worked within a police unit categorizing child sexual abuse images at the time of his arrest.

He was suspended from his job as a Constable with Police Scotland when his offence came to light and has since resigned from the force.

Paul previously appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court to plead guilty to the single charge against him – being in possession of indecent images of children.

He admitted breaking Section 52A(1) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 by having a total of 38 files spread across the two devices at his home on December 6, 2017.

The court heard colleagues raided his £250,000 five-bedroom two storey detached home and searched the property after receiving intelligence that indecent images of children were being stored at the address.

Six officers raided Paul’s home at around 8.15am on December 6, 2017, and seized his computer equipment.

Officers found images on a black Lenovo laptop and a further images on a USB stick.

Some of the images found on the laptop were categorised by experts as being the most extreme form of child sex abuse images there is, involving penetrative sex between children and adults, animals and sadism.

One of the images showed a three-year-old girl with her wrists bound together, tied to a bed.

Other images included showing a girl aged about three being sexually abused as she sat naked on the lap of an adult male.

Further images – all rated as being category C – were found on a USB stick Paul’s wife Laura used to use for work, which he began using to store the illegal images.

Sentencing was deferred until today for Paul to be assessed by social workers and he returned to the dock to learn his fate.

Sheriff Susan Sinclair spared him prison – but warned him he could be jailed if he fails to comply with the punishment he was given instead.

She said: “You have lost your employment and jeopardised your family life.

“You are a first offender.

“An alternative to custody is available.”

She placed him on a Community Payback Order, telling him he has to complete the Moving Forward, Making Changes course, which helps sex offenders change their ways.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for three years and told to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work in the community.

Sheriff Sinclair added: “This is a challenging disposal.

Breaching it is a serious matter and that will result in imprisonment.”

Paul also had limits placed on his online activities, being banned from contacting anyone under the age of 17 online and being told he can only own internet-abled devices if approved by his supervisors.

June 2018

Married cop with two kids admits hoarding sick haul of child rape pics at Renfrewshire home

A married police officer is facing jail after he was caught with a horrific haul of images of kids being raped.

James Paul, 37, a dad-of-two, was suspended from his job as a Constable with Police Scotland and has since resigned from the role.

He has now been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for hoarding the images at the home he shared with his wife and children in Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

Yesterday, Paul appeared in the dock to plead guilty to the single charge against him – being in possession of indecent images of children.

He admitted having a total of 38 files spread across the two devices at his home on December 6, 2017.

The court heard how colleagues searched his five-bedroom two storey detached home worth £250,000 after receiving intelligence that indecent images of children were being stored at the address.

Six officers raided Paul’s house at around 8.15am on December 6, 2017, and seized his computer equipment.

Procurator Fiscal Depute, Pamela Brady, said 33 images were found on a black Lenovo laptop, and a further five were found on a USB stick.

The prosecutor said that, of the 33 found on the laptop, five were categorised by experts as being the most extreme form of child sex abuse images.

Sheriff Susan Sinclair called for background reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing and placed him on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

It’s understood Paul was working as a Community Police Officer at the time of his arrest – a position which involved him visiting schools on a regular basis.