Paedophile distributed sick child abuse videos
Prison for man who worked with primary school kids
A primary school learning support worker caught distributing child abuse videos to other paedophiles was jailed for a total of 40 months at Perth Sheriff Court this week.
Forty-four-year-old Stuart Allison, of Trinafour, Perth, also had his name added to the Sex Offenders’ Register for life when he appeared for sentence.
The court heard that the accused, who worked with vulnerable children as young as eight, had also been downloading child abuse material for more than a decade.
Police seized seven internetenabled devices when they raided his home on November 15 last year.
Indecent images of children, some of the most vile, were found on each of them.
Depute fiscal Tina Dickie said that Allison is a first offender.
He worked with children aged from eight to 12 years, some of whom had learning difficulties.
“The police received information that a device, linked to the accused’s home, was involved in the distribution of indecent images of children.”
Officers obtained a search warrant for his home after receiving information that
Stuart Allison someone at the Trinafour address was using Skype to share graphic child abuse clips.
It emerged that Allison had used his Skype account to pass on 100 videos categorised as Class A, the most depraved.
He had also stored almost 1000 videos which would have taken four days to watch.
Officers also recovered nearly 1500 still images.
Allison admitted that between September 11, 2004, and November 13, 2016, at his home, he took - or permitted to be taken - indecent photographs of children.
He also admitted having the images in his possession between September 11, 2004, and November 15, 2016.
He pled guilty to a third charge of distributing or showing the indecent images between August, 2015, and May, 2016.
Solicitor John McLaughlin submitted that the items he had distributed were “small in number” - and the period covered by that charge covered just nine months.
They had been distributed to people in chat rooms and his client accepted that “should never have happened.”
He accepted responsibility for his actions and felt genuine empathy for the victims.
“His family are standing by him. He’s seen the error of his ways and is moving on.
“He’s also contrite - and terrified at the prospect of imprisonment.”
The lawyer urged the sheriff to consider a non-custodial disposal.
Sheriff Foulis conceded that the number of images involved wasn’t the “highest” but a “significant number” were of the highest categorisation.
“I consider that custody is the only disposal.”
He ordered the stash of vile material to be forfeited but refused a Crown motion to impose a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, designed to protect the public from serious harm, against the accused.