Melrose man had 6,092 indecent images of children

A Melrose man has appeared in court and admitted downloading thousands of indecent images of children.

Alan Keen was caught with more than 6,000 pictures of children being abused by adults when police raided his home earlier this year.

Keen, 62, had stored the images on three computer devices and had attempted to delete the evidence prior to the police arriving.

Fiscal depute Peter Motion told Edinburgh Sheriff Court police officers executed a warrant at Keen’s home following intelligence received by them.

They attended his home at Dingleton Apartments at the town’s Chiefswood Road at around 8.30am on August 7 this year and Keen answered the door himself.

Officers searched the home and seized a laptop and two USB sticks which were subsequently forensically analysed.

It was found Keen had attempted to delete all the images but all were recovered by a specialist police IT team.

Officers discovered a total of 6,092 images of children as young as five years old being abused.

The images consisted of two at Category A, the worst end of the spectrum, 24 at Category B and a further 6066 at Category C

During the police interview Keen admitted the devices were his and that he had been looking at pornography “but didn’t realise they had been children”.

On Tuesday (November 27) solicitor Mark Harrower, defending, said Keen, who appeared in the dock from custody, was a married man but had been living apart from his wife at the time of the offending.

Mr Harrower added Keen now “accepted this was a deliberate act” on his part and that he had an analogous previous conviction.

Sheriff Weir deferred sentence for reports to next month and remanded Keen in custody.

Keen was also placed on the sex offenders register for a period still to be decided.

Keen pleaded guilty to taking or permitting to be taken indecent images of children at his home address between July 12 and August 7 this year.

He also admitted a charge of possessing indecent images at his home between the same dates.