Eight months for for­mer Oban of­fi­cer

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A for­mer Oban po­lice of­fi­cer has been sen­tenced to eight months in jail for pos­sess­ing more than 60 child porn im­ages and videos, in­clud­ing one of a baby.

Dar­ryl Burn­side has also been placed on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for 10 years.

The 50-year-old, of 45 Nant Drive, Oban, ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs or pseudo pho­to­graphs of chil­dren at his home ad­dress be­tween Septem­ber 13, 2016, and Oc­to­ber 13, 2017.

Burn­side was sen­tenced on Wednesday Septem­ber 12 at Oban Sher­iff Court.

At the time of his ar­rest, he was a serv­ing po­lice of­fi­cer in Oban, where he had been work­ing since 1990. He has since re­tired.

Fol­low­ing in­tel­li­gence, of­fi­cers searched Burn­side’s home and seized a Kin­dle and a Dragon Touch Tablet.

An anal­y­sis of the Kin­dle un­cov­ered four cat­e­gory C im­ages, and three mov­ing im­ages in cat­e­gory A.

On the tablet were found 49 im­ages in cat­e­gory C, one im­age in cat­e­gory

B, and seven im­ages in cat­e­gory A – the worst in the scale.

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