Per­vert dodges jail on of­fences

Banned from in­ter­net over sick pics

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

A per­vert has been banned from us­ing the in­ter­net but has avoided a prison sen­tence.

Gor­don Shearer has been banned from hav­ing any de­vice which can ac­cess the world­wide web after plead­ing guilty to possess­ing in­de­cent images of chil­dren be­tween July 28 and Oc­to­ber 15, 2015, and also dis­tribut­ing in­de­cent pic­tures from his then home in Bon Ac­cord Cres­cent, Shotts.

The per­vert was only caught with sick­en­ing in­de­cent images of chil­dren when he lost his phone at the town’s Healthy Liv­ing Cen­tre.

A to­tal of 110 images found on Shearer’s ‘ lost’ Sony phone, 27 were classed as the most grotesque Cat­e­gory A with 18 be­ing clas­si­fied as Cat­e­gory C and the re­main­ing 65 de­fined as Cat­e­gory C.

A fur­ther two images were found on a phone dis­cov­ered in Shearer’s bed­room.

A to­tal of 26 images were dis­trib­uted by Shearer through a mes­sen­ger app which con­tained boys and girl aged be­tween four and 12.

Work­ers at the cen­tre had found a black Sony mo­bile phone at the smok­ing area in the cen­tre’s car park.

They pow­ered the phone up and looked through the pic­tures to try and trace the owner.

How­ever, they were alarmed to dis­cover snaps that were porno­graphic and in­de­cent.

The work­ers handed the phone into Shotts Po­lice Sta­tion and re­ported what they had found.

A foren­sic team then ex­am­ined the phone and con­firmed that in to­tal 110 in­de­cent images of chil­dren were on the mo­bile.

Foren­sics con­firmed sev­eral images had been dis­trib­uted and the owner was Shearer.

Po­lice quickly ob­tained a war­rant and searched the home Shearer shared with his par­ents and brother.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived at around 8pm they were al­lowed in by Shearer’s brother.

Shearer him­self was in the liv­ing room with his par­ents.

The prop­erty was searched and of­fi­cers seized a black Mi­crosoft phone, which was found in Shearer’s bed­room.

At Hamilton Sher­iff Court last week, Shearer, now of Range Street, Mother­well, ap­peared in the dock for sen­tenc­ing. Sher­iff Shiona Wal­dron put him on a two-year com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with a su­per­vi­sion re­quire­ment for two years. He was also put on a re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der for six weeks.

He was banned from hav­ing any con­tact un­der the age of 16 un­less he is ac­com­pa­nied by an ap­proved adult.

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