November 2018

East Kilbride man caught with nearly 10,000 indecent images of children

An East Kilbride man was caught with nearly 10,000 indecent images of children.

Depraved Scott Gallagher, 28, of Livingstone Drive in The Murray, made an appearance at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday.

Gallagher admitted to a charge of being in possession of the material between October 2010 and November last year.

The court heard police got a warrant to search the house after receiving a tip-off from the National Online Child Abuse Prevention Agency.

Aga Mathieson, prosecuting, said a “systematic” search was subsequently carried out.

And images were discovered on computer equipment which was in Gallagher’s bedroom.

There were, in total, 9,954 indecent photographs and nine videos.

All of the material was classified as Category C – the lowest level of seriousness.

The fiscal said most of the images featured girls who were thought to be aged between eight and 15.

When he was questioned by police, Gallagher denied any wrongdoing.

Sheriff Shiona Waldron called for background reports and a risk assessment as she deferred sentence on the matter until December 21.

Gallagher, a first offender, had his bail continued but he was placed on the sex offenders’ register meantime.