January

Paedophile pensioner dodges jail after being caught with horrific stash of indecent images

A perverted pensioner has dodged a jail sentence after being snared in possession of indecent images of children at the worst level possible.

David Wilson, 67, of Woodside Crescent, Alexandria, pleaded guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last month to taking or permitting to be taken a quantity of indecent images of children. The offence happened at his home between October 15, 2015 and February 17, 2017.

Prosecutor Joanne Gilmour previously told the court: “On January 16, 2018, police in possession of a search warrant attended at Wilson’s home. The door was opened by the accused.

“Police showed him the warrant and told them why they were there. He told them ‘I have some on my mobile but it’s not porn’.

“Police carried out a systematic search and seized a Dell computer tower and a pen drive.

“An initial examination of the pen drive found moving indecent images of children at category A, the highest level. He was detained and taken to Greenock police office.

“He was interviewed under tape recorded conditions.

“A further examination of the Dell tower revealed 17 still images of male and female children aged between nine and 14 years old. They were all at categories B and C.

“The pen drive contained 16 moving images of female children aged between eight and 13 years old.

“Eleven of the moving images were at category A, three at category B and two at category C. 

“He was cautioned and charged and told police ‘I didn’t know I had it’.”

Defence lawyer Tom Brown said: “He is fit to carry out unpaid work as part of the sentence. I have explained to him that it will be a direct alternative to a custodial sentence. I would be urging the court to go down that route.

“He had been on the internet and tells me that he had not been looking for child pornography. He accepts he had it on his pen drive.”

Sheriff Simon Pender told Wilson: “It is the moving images transferred to your pen drive that concern me.”

The sheriff, after considering a full social background report and a psychological report, including a risk assessment of the danger Wilson poses to young children, added: “Given you have no previous convictions, there is an alternative to custody, and that is a community payback order.

“You will be under the supervision of social work for 12 months.

“You will also carry out 225 hours of unpaid work, reduced from the maximum of 300 hours because of your early plea. You will complete the work within 12 months.”

Wilson was also put on the sex offenders’ register for 12 months.

November 2018

Alexandria paedophile tries to justify actions by claiming he is a “naturist”

A pervert who was caught with indecent images of children tried to justify his actions by saying he was a naturist.

Paedophile David Wilson admitted looking at vile images of children aged as young as eight.

Police searched his Alexandria home on January 16 this year and found his sick collection stored on his computer and a USB drive.

However, the 57-year old told officers: “Yes I have looked at pictures of kids. I’m a naturist, but they’re not pornographic”.

This was despite some of the images found being ranked as the most serious that can be made.

Wilson, of Woodside Crescent, then tried to tell officers he had no knowledge of the images, stating: “I didn’t know I had them.”

He appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week where he admitted taking, permitting to be taken or making a quantity of indecent photos or pseudo photos of children between October 15, 2014 and February 17, 2017

The court heard that a total of 17 still images and 16 moving images were found on two devices within Wilson’s home.

The images of boys and girls aged between eight and 14 ranged in severity from category C “provocative” to the most serious which can be made, classed as category A.

Fiscal depute Joanne Gilmour told the court police attended at the property with a search warrant and went on to find a computer tower and a USB drive.

She said: “On initial examination of the USB drive, police officers found two category A moving images.

“He declined to make any comment but indicated to police he frequently looked online for transgender and lady-boy photos.

“Seventeen still images were recovered from the computer tower.

“These images depicted male and female children aged between nine and 14.

“The USB drive was later fully examined and a total of 16 still images were recovered, with 11 being category A, three being category B and two category C.

“They all depicted female children aged between eight and 14 years of age.”

The case was adjourned until December 4 for a social work report and a psychological report to be carried out.

Wilson was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register.