Pervert al­lowed to keep his com­puter

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALAN WIL­SON

A PERVERT who down­loaded more than 5,000 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren has been al­lowed to keep his com­puter

An­drew Glenn told po­lice of­fi­cers af­ter he was ar­rested that he had “never touched any young boys”.

At Dundee Sher­iff Court, Glenn, 59, of Mains Road, was told that he must at­tend the Tay Project pro­gramme for sex of­fend­ers and was placed un­der su­per­vi­sion on a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der for three years.

Glenn was found with al­most 5,000 in­de­cent im­ages and more than 200 in­de­cent videos on his home com­puter when po­lice ar­rived with a search war­rant.

Sher­iff Alas­tair Carmichael placed Glenn on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for three years with con­di­tions in­clud­ing that he did not own any more than one mo­bile tele­phone or one com­puter and that he did not use so­cial net­work­ing sites with­out per­mis­sion from his su­per­vis­ing of­fi­cer.

Fis­cal de­pute Char­maine Gil­martin told the court that when Glenn was shown the war­rant by of­fi­cers, he said: “I have an in­ter­est in child pornog­ra­phy. I have for a long time now. But I don’t touch any young boys, I never have. I was touched when I was 11.”

Glenn ad­mit­ted that be­tween Fe­bru­ary 28 2009 and June 28 2017, at an ad­dress in the Hill­town area, he took, or per­mit­ted to be taken, or made in­de­cent pho­to­graphs or pseudo pho­to­graphs of chil­dren.

The fis­cal added that Glenn told cops he had tried to de­stroy his com­puter in an ef­fort to break his ad­dic­tion.

Mrs Gil­martin said po­lice vis­ited Glenn’s flat on June 29 last year. They searched the prop­erty and com­puter equip­ment was seized.

Fol­low­ing tech­ni­cal anal­y­sis, she said 401 cat­e­gory A im­ages and 139 cat­e­gory A videos were found, as well as 2,017 cat­e­gory B im­ages and 61 videos and 1,865 cat­e­gory C im­ages and eight videos.

So­lic­i­tor Nicola Brown said Glenn had se­ri­ous men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties and a psy­chi­a­trist’s as­sess­ment showed he was suf­fer­ing from a pre­vi­ously un­di­ag­nosed men­tal health dis­or­der.

In ad­di­tion, his GP had iden­ti­fied other men­tal health is­sues and phys­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties and she said Glenn was in a state of dis­tress as a re­sult of the case.

She said back­ground re­ports had deemed him suit­able for a com­mu­ni­ty­based dis­posal but un­paid work was not suit­able due to his con­di­tion.

An­drew Glenn

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