Po­lice check found child porn

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A con­victed sex of­fender caught with child porn has avoided a prison sen­tence.

Po­lice car­ry­ing out a rou­tine check found that Alis­tair Fisher had 33 in­de­cent im­ages of young­sters on his ipad, Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court heard last week.

Fisher (37), a pris­oner, ad­mit­ted down­load­ing the im­ages at his flat in Wind­mill Road, Hamil­ton, or else­where be­tween June 11 and 14 this year.

Cal­lum Forsyth, pros­e­cut­ing, said the ac­cused was on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter and po­lice of­fi­cers from the of­fend­ers man­age­ment unit went to his home to check that he was com­ply­ing with the reg­is­ter’s re­quire­ments.

Mr Forsyth ex­plained: “he al­lowed them to carry out an inspection of his elec­tronic de­vices. He went to his bed­room to col­lect these items, but of­fi­cers were sus­pi­cious at the time he was tak­ing to do this.

“Even­tu­ally an ipad and a phone were handed over. He was try­ing to delete some­thing from his phone as he gave it to the po­lice.

“He ap­peared to be anx­ious and when asked why, said he had been look­ing at dif­fer­ent kinds of pornog­ra­phy.”

Sher­iff Shiona Wal­dron put Fisher, who had been in cus­tody since his ar­rest, un­der su­per­vi­sion and on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for three years.

The sher­iff also or­dered him to do 200 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity work.

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