March 2019

Dundee computing expert ‘obsessed’ with sick child images avoids jail

A computing expert who developed an “obsession” for sick child images has dodged a jail term.

Police caught Ian Stevenson with a vile haul of indecent images after raiding his home on Main Street, in the Hilltown area.

He pleaded guilty to taking, or permitting to be taken, a haul of indecent images between April 2005- March 2012.

Stevenson, 58, also admitted possessing indecent images between January 2011-March 2012 at an address in the St Mary’s area.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that thousands of images were found on computers at Stevenson’s home on May 9.

Stevenson returned to the dock for sentencing following the preparation of reports.

Solicitor David Sinclair said that his client had been “socially isolated” for much of his life.

He developed an “obsession” for sourcing the images but had not done so since 2012.

As an alternative to custody, Sheriff Alastair Carmichael sentenced Stevenson to 18 months of supervision and ordered him to undertake 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for 18 months.

January 2019

IT expert with 20,000+ indecent images of kids at his Dundee home granted bail

A computing expert has admitted possessing thousands of indecent images of children.

Ian Stevenson, of Main Street, possessed the sick images between April 2005 and March 2012.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that after a raid on his then-home in St Kilda Terrace last May, police found more than 20,000 images.

The 58-year-old, who has degrees in computing and mathematics, pleaded guilty on indictment to taking or permitted to take indecent images of children between April 8 2005 and March 9 2012.

He also possessed indecent images between January 10 2011 and March 19 2012.

Sentence was deferred by Sheriff Alastair Carmichael to allow for criminal and social work reports to be carried out.

He will return for sentencing on February 26.

Stevenson’s bail was continued and he was placed on the sex offenders register.