August 2018

Former Perth Tory councillor sentenced over child sexual abuse images

A Tory councillor caught with footage of child sexual abuse has been placed on the sex offenders register for three years.

Former Rotary Club president Michael Jamieson was also banned from having any deliberate contact with children under 16 after he admitted downloading child sexual abuse images

Ex-teacher Jamieson, who fronted a major Childline Scotland charity concert, was also banned from using the internet without express approval from social workers.

Perth Sheriff Court heard Jamieson was arrested shortly after being elected to Perth and Kinross Council in May last year.

He was found to have child abuse images and video featuring children as young as five years old being abused.

The retired music teacher – who has been photographed alongside Scottish Conservative  leader Ruth Davidson – had the home he shared with his long-term partner raided by seven police officers.

Jamieson was suspended and then quit his seat on the council following his arrest. He could have faced a prison sentence but was instead given 180 hours of community service by Sheriff William Wood.

Sentencing the pervert, Sheriff Wood said: “As someone who has been very prominent in the community one way or another, this will have caused you a distinct amount of embarrassment.

It may be argued that your loss of position in society may be punishment enough, but it does seem to me that because of the nature of the charge – including the possession and retention of these images – that there ought to be some further punishment element.

He also placed Jamieson, 69, from Perth, under social work supervision for three years.

Jamieson admitted making indecent images of children at his home between August 2014 and April 2016. He also admitted possessing indecent images during the same period.

The court was told that images including a video of a young boy being forced to perform a sex act on an adult were found on a number of computer devices belonging to Jamieson.

Procurator fiscal depute Carol Whyte said: “He has no previous convictions and lives with his long-term partner. He was a local councillor for Perth city for the Conservative party.

“He was president of the Rotary Club and secretary of Perform in Perth, where children have their musical ability assessed.

“Police received information that someone at the accused’s address may be in possession of images of children. Officers carried out a search while the accused was there with his partner.

“He made an unprompted reply that there were no images on the computer. When his partner asked what was happening, he said, ‘I looked at a couple of photos’.”

July 2018

Former Perth Tory councillor and youth music festival chief was caught with hundreds of indecent images of children

A former councillor and the driving force behind the Perform in Perth music festival was found with images of the worst kind of child abuse, a court has heard.

Michael Jamieson’s sick stash of child rape images was discovered when police raided his home following a tip-off.

They seized multiple hard drives and USB sticks and forensics officers found more than 200 abuse images and a video designated as Category A, the most depraved, depicted a young boy, aged five-seven, performing oral sex on the older man.

Jamieson quit the council when he was charged, having been elected as a Conservative representative for Perth City South just months before.

He had been secretary of the popular music festival which annually attracts thousands of children to Perth from across Tayside and Fife and was president of Perth Rotary Club.

The 69-year-old of Buchan Road, Perth pled guilty to possessing the images between August 2014 and April 2016.

He will be sentenced at a later date but was placed on the sex offenders’ register and banned from the internet.