Vigilante’s indecent childpics
An animal shelter boss who claimed he was acting as a vigilante when he was caught with 500 indecent images of children is said to be doing well on a court order.
Adam Downs was placed under supervision for three years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within six months after admitting obtaining sickening photos of children - some of which were of the most extreme category.
He also pleaded guilty to having the images in his possession between March 2005 and June 2016 when he stayed on site at the SSPCA’s Milton base.
Downs – who lost his job when arrested last year – was back in the dock at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week for a review of his community payback order.
Defence lawyer Douglas Thomson said a social work report on Downs was positive.
And although Sheriff Maxwell Hendry was pleased the 33-year-old was engaging well with social workers, he expressed concern he had failed to appear for unpaid work twice.
The sheriff added: “If your attendance and your compliance start to slip away you would be appearing before me again.”
Downs previously claimed he had the images as he had been going through a “vigilante phase” in an effort to track down the child abusers of a woman he knew.
But the images he had been looking at described children of different nationalities and couldn’t have referred to the woman he mentioned.