Perv is free

A per­vert who down­loaded nearly 15,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren has es­caped jail. Richard Smith, who was caught thanks to his wife, was sen­tenced to 140 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice and placed on the sex of­fend­ers regis­ter for two years.

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A mother who dis­cov­ered her hus­band’s stash of child pornog­ra­phy says she is de­ter­mined her daugh­ter will have a bright fu­ture.

Richard Smith was sen­tenced to 140 hours’ com­mu­nity ser­vice and placed on the sex of­fend­ers regis­ter for two years af­ter down­load­ing 14,382 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren between 2012 and 2016.

Smith, 45, of Burn­side, was sen­tenced at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6, af­ter plead­ing guilty at an ear­lier hear­ing.

His crimes were re­ported to po­lice in July 2015 by his ex-wife June Smith, who found the im­ages on com­puter hard­ware at the Cam­bus­lang home they shared with June’s teenage daugh­ter.

The pair had been mar­ried for just 16 months.

Speak­ing to the Re­former fol­low­ing the sen­tenc­ing, June said it failed to recog­nise the im­pact Smith’s crimes had on in­no­cent chil­dren, her and her daugh­ter.

She said: “It’s hor­ri­ble to see my daugh­ter so up­set, she was in a right state when I told her the sen­tence.

“I am ap­palled and dis­gusted at the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, that some­one could over a four- year pe­riod in a pre­med­i­tated man­ner com­mit 15,000 crimes against in­no­cent chil­dren.

“I think it is shock­ing the amount of time and ef­fort that would have gone into the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion that this sick per­vert is only served with 140 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

“I also feel he should have been placed on the sex of­fend­ers regis­ter for a longer pe­riod than two years. Many peo­ple have com­mit­ted crimes of a less sin­is­ter na­ture and been sent to prison.

“Other peo­ple I have spo­ken to, they are out­raged this per­vert has been given such a light sen­tence. It doesn’t send out the right mes­sage to other peo­ple think­ing about car­ry­ing out these crimes.”

De­spite the dif­fi­culty in ac­cept­ing the sen­tence handed down to Smith, June said she and her daugh­ter had re­ceived great help from Vic­tim Sup­port.

She said: “I am glad af­ter what has been a very trau­matic and stress­ful time that I have some clo­sure.

“He has de­stroyed my life, his ac­tions caused me so much hurt and dis­tress, but I want to move on now.

“My pri­or­ity ob­vi­ously is my daugh­ter. I have to be pos­i­tive for her.

“She is clever girl and wants to go to univer­sity, I just want to look af­ter her and give her a bright fu­ture.”

June’s daugh­ter was aged eight to 15 through­out her six-year re­la­tion­ship with Smith - the same age as the chil­dren in the pho­to­graphs she found when he left the fam­ily home.

Po­lice foren­si­cally an­a­lysed hard­ware taken from their house to find 4,552 ‘level C’ im­ages.

A search war­rant was granted for Smith’s par­ents’ house in Burn­side where more com­puter equip­ment was found to con­tain a fur­ther 9,830 ‘level C’ im­ages.

There are var­i­ous cat­e­gories rang­ing from A to E with A be­ing the most ex­treme.

Smith will be su­per­vised two years and has been or­dered to take part in a pro­gramme for sex of­fend­ers.

Many peo­ple have com­mit­ted crimes of a less sin­is­ter na­ture and been sent to prison

Guilty Richard Smith will be su­per­vised for two years

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