Man with 7,330 in­de­cent im­ages of kids avoids jail

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A MAN found with more than 7,300 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren on his com­puter has been spared a jail sen­tence.

Liff res­i­dent Camp­bell Mcaulay, 52, ad­mit­ted hav­ing the im­ages on his home com­puter at Dundee Sher­iff Court.

Fis­cal de­pute Char­maine Gil­martin told the court po­lice act­ing on in­tel­li­gence raided his home on June 21 last year.

Of­fi­cers re­cov­ered a lap­top, two tablets, a desk­top com­puter, a hard drive and other com­puter equip­ment and found he had used a num­ber of search terms.

There were 135 im­ages of cat­e­gory A level, 202 of cat­e­gory B and 6,993 cat­e­gory C – a to­tal of 7,330 im­ages.

Ad­vo­cate Tim Niven-smith told the court Mcaulay had im­me­di­ately taken steps to ad­dress his be­hav­iour and shown gen­uine re­morse and con­tri­tion, adding that he took full re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“He un­der­stands that this is not a vic­tim­less crime,” Mr Niven-smith added.

Mcaulay ad­mit­ted his guilt at an early stage, he said, and pointed out that he had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

Ask­ing Sher­iff Lorna Drum­mond not to im­pose a cus­to­dial sen­tence on Mcaulay, the ad­vo­cate told her that while the re­ports recog­nised his client had “de­viant fan­tasies which are a cause for con­cern”, he was not as­sessed as be­ing at a high risk of re-of­fend­ing.

How­ever, his fan­tasies re­quired a lengthy pe­riod of treat­ment which could be ad­dressed through sup­port from the Tay Project, the court heard.

“He is not in the po­si­tion where he poses no risk at all,” Mr Niven-smith said.

Mcaulay ad­mit­ted that be­tween Novem­ber 12 2014 and June 21 last year, at Liff, he took or per­mit­ted to be taken or made in­de­cent pho­to­graphs or psue­dopho­tographs of chil­dren.

Sher­iff Drum­mond told Mcaulay his of­fence would merit a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

How­ever, tak­ing into ac­count all the cir­cum­stances, she said she could im­pose a com­mu­nity-based dis­posal.

She placed him on a com­mu­nity pay­back order un­der su­per­vi­sion for three years with a treat­ment order through the Tay Project and a con­duct re­quire­ment, also for three years. She also im­posed 300 hours of un­paid work.

He was placed on the sex of­fend­ers regis­ter for three years.

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