October 2018

Garelochhead man filmed woman in bedroom having sex & indecent images of kids

A MAN has pleaded guilty to filming a young woman having sex in her bedroom over a period of more than two years.

Andrew Henderson, 52, also confessed to being caught with more than 4,000 indecent images, with 26 in the most extreme category.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard on Tuesday (October 2) that on various occasions between January 25, 2012 and June 12, 2014, at both a house in Helensburgh and another community, Henderson recorded the woman covertly within her bedroom in a state of undress and naked and having sexual intercourse without her knowledge or consent. He admitted the filming was for his own sexual gratification.

He also admitted taking or making images of children, from new born to teenagers, being sexually abused or exploited. The offence happened at his home from March 14, 2008 to December 2, 2017.

He also admitted between the same dates, of being in possession of extreme pornography, including images of bestiality.

Prosecutor Kevin Doherty told the court: “Police acting on information were told in December 2017 that internet images involving indecent pictures of young children were being downloaded to his address.

“Acting on this information officers went to his home at 10.55am on December 4. Nobody was at home so they forced entry and carried out a systematic search of the property.

“Six devices capable of accessing the Internet were found in the loft area of the house. It was being used as an office study area. At 1pm his wife arrived home and 40 minutes later he arrived. He was questioned and admitted all the devices were operated by him.

“Officers selected one device to examine. It was a hard drive and produced an indecent image of a female child.”

The fiscal depute told the court that 4,004 indecent images were found, of which 1,090 were easily accessible.

Mr Doherty said that 26 of the images were of the worst possible category, including one of a new born female child being abused by a male adult. There were also dozens of images of female girls aged between five and seven being abused.

Henderson was caught with 1,250 still images of extreme pornography, of which 50 were moving images.

Mr Doherty went on: “The recordings of the woman were done in her bedroom when she was having consensual sex with an adult, and was accompanied by audio.

“When arrested he co-operated largely and accepted responsibility for the items seized. He was cautioned and charged and made no reply.”

Defence lawyer Tom Brown said he would reserve any comments until sentence.

Sheriff Simon Pender deferred sentence until November 16, calling for a full social background report on Henderson, including a risk assessment as to the danger he poses to young children.

The sheriff also called for a psychological report and put Henderson on the Sex Offenders Register with immediate effect. He was released on bail.