Vig­i­lante’s in­de­cent child­pics

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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