October 2018

Ex-council official caught with indecent images of children avoids jail

A former council official who was caught with indecent images of children has avoided a jail sentence.

William Laird, of Macmerry, downloaded the images to an electronic device at his home on August 28 last year.

Laird, who has since retired from his position with East Lothian Council, also distributed the material to others between December 7, 2010, and June 11, 2012.

The 62-year-old had previously admitted two offences at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and he returned to the dock for sentencing last Friday.

Sheriff Frank Crowe acknowledged that Laird had “a good [social work] report” and that he had “cooperated with it”.

Sheriff Crowe told Laird that as an alternative to custody he would place him on an 18-month supervision order and told him he must cooperate with the sexual offenders organisation CISSO.

Laird was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 18 months

September 2018

Macmerry man caught with indecent images of children still to learn fate

A Macmerry man caught with indecent images of children will have to return to court to find out his fate after his sentencing hearing was deferred due to a social worker taking sick.

William Laird was placed on the sex offenders’ register after he pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in July to downloading child abuse images onto his computer.

The 62-year-old former local authority employee also admitted a second charge of distributing or showing the images to others.

Laird was due to be sentenced at the city court last Friday but Sheriff Frank Crowe was told that there was no social work report available due to “the ill-health of the social worker allocated to the case”.

The court heard from solicitor Angela Craig that her client was currently attending sessions with the child sex abuse prevention organisation Stop It Now.

Sheriff Crowe agreed to defer sentence again to October 5 for the report to be prepared.

Laird admitted possessing indecent images of children at his home address on August 28 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing or showing the images at his home address between December 7, 2010, and June 11, 2012.

Not guilty pleas to two further charges including possessing extreme pornographic images depicting bestiality were accepted by the Crown during July’s hearing.

July 2018

William Laird admitted possessing indecent images of children

A Macmerry man has been placed on the sex offenders’ register after he admitted possessing indecent images of children.

William Laird downloaded the pictures to his computer in August last year.
The 62-year-old also pleaded guilty to distributing or showing the images to others when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Not guilty pleas to two further charges, including possessing extreme pornographic images depicting bestiality, were accepted by the Crown during last week’s hearing at the court.

Laird was placed on the sex offenders’ register for a period still to be determined and full sentence was deferred to August 24.

Laird admitted possessing indecent images of children at his home address on August 28 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing or showing the images at his home address between December 7, 2010, and June 11, 2012.