Jailed for child porn im­ages

Po­lice stopped count­ing at half a mil­lion

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALIS­TAIR MUNRO

A per­vert who down­loaded so many in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren that po­lice cy­ber­crime of­fi­cers stopped count­ing once they passed half a mil­lion was jailed for 22 months yes­ter­day.

Bryan Reid, 46, was caught with 521,395 in­de­cent im­ages of girls – rang­ing from new­borns to 15-year-olds – and nearly five days’ worth of porno­graphic videos which he stored in hard drives at his Buckie home.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors even­tu­ally had to ad­mit it would take months of ad­di­tional work if they were to cat­a­logue ev­ery depraved im­age.

Sher­iff Chris Dick­son told Reid, of the Old Mariners House in the Yardie area, that he had stored a “hor­ren­dous num­ber of im­ages” and the grav­ity of the of­fences only jus­ti­fied a prison sen­tence.

He added: “Those who view such ma­te­rial cre­ate a de­mand and is part of the se­ri­ous abuse of chil­dren.”

Reid was also placed on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for 10 years.

El­gin Sher­iff Court was told Reid cre­ated specif­i­cally named fold­ers to store the ma­te­rial – ex­am­ples of which in­cluded “best of ”, “pre-teen” and “keep­ers”.

In all, of the 521,395 in­de­cent im­ages found, 5,270 were cat­e­gory A – the most graphic type – 6,468 cat­e­gory B and 509,657 cat­e­gory C.

There were also 1,395 in­de­cent videos iden­ti­fied, in­clud­ing 189 cat­e­gory A, 98 cat­e­gory B and 1,108 cat­e­gory C.

The court heard this equated to a to­tal run time of four days and 23 hours.

Reid was at his nephew’s house in the town when po­lice at­tended and told him about the na­ture of the in­quiry, to which Reid replied: “I am the one who is in­volved.

“I al­ways knew I would get caught.”

Po­lice sub­se­quently car­ried out a search of his home and found the mas­sive num­ber of in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren down­loaded on to a vast ar­ray of de­vices.

They in­cluded a com­puter tower with four hard drives, 14 other sep­a­rate hard drives and eight USB sticks.

The court had heard that it be­came ap­par­ent from Reid’s de­vices that it would “take months” to com­plete an anal­y­sis and that there were “more im­ages” which had not been man­u­ally re­viewed.

Reid had pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted tak­ing, per­mit­ting or mak­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs or pseu­dopho­tographs of chil­dren and pos­sess­ing them at the Old Mariners House in Buckie or else­where be­tween Oc­to­ber 1, 2009 and Au­gust 9 last year. Sen­tence was de­ferred un­til yes­ter­day for the prepa­ra­tion of back­ground re­ports.

De­fence lawyer Ian Cruick­shank said the re­ports showed Reid had ex­pressed “re­morse and re­gret” at his ac­tions.

He called on the sher­iff to im­pose a sen­tence other than jail, although ad­mit­ted a so­cial worker had as­sessed his client as be­ing “a medium risk of re­of­fend­ing”.

The court heard that first of­fender Reid has made “open and frank ad­mis­sions” about his of­fence through­out the process and that, when speak­ing to po­lice, stated he had been ac­cess­ing the im­ages for years.

“Those who view such ma­te­rial cre­ate a de­mand and is part of the se­ri­ous abuse of chil­dren”

IM­PRIS­ONED: Bryan Reid had so many im­ages po­lice even­tu­ally stopped count­ing

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