Sheriff warns sex of­fend­ers their lives will be ‘shat­tered’

COURT: Those who down­load ma­te­rial are ‘con­tribut­ing to abuse’

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Jamie mil­li­gan jmil­li­gan@the­courier.co.uk

It must be un­der­stood that ev­ery one of these im­ages rep­re­sents the abuse of a real child. SHERIFF ALAS­TAIR BROWN

A Dundee sheriff has warned sex of­fend­ers that shar­ing in­de­cent im­ages will land them in court and leave them with “shat­tered lives”.

Sheriff Alas­tair Brown is­sued the warn­ing at Dundee yes­ter­day af­ter deal­ing with three cases in quick suc­ces­sion.

Michael Hill, Grant McGill and Ross Jame­son all ad­mit­ted com­puter sex of­fence charges in the space of an hour.

Hill, 28, of the Maples, Dundee, McGill, 36, of Southesk Street, Brechin, and Jame­son, 34, of Fir­rhill Cres­cent, Ed­in­burgh, were all placed on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter ahead of sen­tenc­ing af­ter they ad­mit­ted their crimes.

Af­ter hear­ing Hill’s guilty plea to pos­sess­ing in­de­cent videos and al­most 15,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren, Sheriff Brown re­minded of­fend­ers of the sever­ity of their crimes and the ef­fect on the young vic­tims.

He said: “This is the third case of this sort that I have had to deal with today.

“Cases of this sort are a reg­u­lar fix­ture of the solemn crim­i­nal busi­ness.

“If any­one is tempted, then – quite apart from the fact it is crim­i­nal and is re­garded by so­ci­ety as re­pel­lent – the chances of be­ing caught and end­ing up in the dock with a shat­tered life are quite sig­nif­i­cant.

“It’s im­por­tant, from time to time, that the bench makes this po­si­tion clear, so the press are in a po­si­tion to do so,” he added.

“It must be un­der­stood that ev­ery one of these im­ages rep­re­sents the abuse of a real child.

“Those who down­load this are con­tribut­ing to abuse.”

McGill ad­mit­ted down­load­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Sen­tence was de­ferred un­til Fe­bru­ary, and he was re­leased on bail.

Jame­son ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren as well as two charges un­der the Sex­ual Of­fences Scot­land Act, re­lat­ing to send­ing sex­ual mes­sages and mak­ing sex­ual phone calls to girls un­der the age of 16.

Sen­tence was de­ferred on him un­til next week for the Crown to pro­vide a full nar­ra­tive of the facts of the case.

Hill will be sen­tenced next month. ma­te­rial

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