April 2021

Depraved Scots paedophile changed name for £45 in bid to start new life

One of Scotland’s most dangerous and depraved paedophiles changed his name by deed poll to pose as a respectable businessman.

Depraved Steven Perrie, 56, has been jailed three times for child sex crimes, including possessing more than 400,000 images and 16,000 video clips.

The collection was described as being of “unimaginable evil” and featured children as young as four.

But the former bricklayer was able to spend just £45 to legally call himself Steven MacDonald for more than a year.

He set up a company that put him in contact with children – defying an ultra-strict Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

His horrified construction boss co-director said he thought Perrie was a “nice guy” and had no idea about his sinister background.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard last week how Perrie, from Montrose, paid £45 to change his name by deed poll and breached a SOPO.

He admitted failing to comply with sex offender notification requirements by having a Barclays Mastercard between May 2019 and November 2020.

Perrie also breached a SOPO by engaging in a relationship with a 39-year-old woman in Aberdeen and Brechin, without informing the offender management unit.

He had rekindled the romance shortly after the woman had a child with another man and broke the SOPO terms by having ongoing contact with that child.

He also broke the ultra-strict order – put in place to try to protect the public – by owning a Facebook Portal TV device. He again failed to tell the offender management unit and claimed he bought it for his dying mother in Tenerife.

Sentence was deferred and Perrie was remanded in custody for reports.

The court heard a search of Perrie’s home was carried out over suspicions he had child sex abuse images and a bank card in his new name was discovered.

Perrie had been jailed on three separate occasions over child sex crimes, beginning in 2004, and Britain’s biggest child abuse images haul was discovered.

Some of the material at the most extreme end of the scale had been sourced from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

He was released after 10 months but imprisoned for a second time in 2005 – for downloading yet more sickening images.

At the time, the paedophile drove around his hometown, Forfar, in a white Rolls-Royce and gained further notoriety when he bought an old police van with a cage in the back.

Locals nicknamed him “The Child Catcher” – after the evil man employed by Baron Bomburst and Baroness Bomburst to snatch and imprison children from the streets in the 1968 classic movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

In 2012, Perrie was jailed for eight years after his girlfriend reported him to police.

She had found a sick DVD stash hidden in his bedroom, along with a pair of children’s pants.

The SOPO imposed at Forfar Sheriff Court when he was released does not expire until 2024.

July 2012

Serial child sex abuse images offender Steven Perrie jailed for third time

A man previously jailed for possessing one of the largest hauls of child abuse material ever found in Scotland has been sentenced to eight years in jail after being caught for a third time.

Steven Perrie, 46, from Forfar, pled guilty to two charges involving indecent images and videos of children.

He was jailed in 2004 for possessing 400,000 images and 16,000 video clips of child abuse but was freed early.

The builder was jailed again for 36 months in 2005 for similar offences.

Judge Lord Uist told Perrie: “These sentences clearly had no deterrent effect on you.

“It seems you are an incorrigible user of child pornography.”

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that some of the material held by Perrie was at the most extreme end of the scale and had been sourced from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Reported by girlfriend

Lord Uist told Perrie the images in his collection were “disgusting and repulsive”.

He said: “Having regard to you previous convictions and the number and nature of the images involved I have concluded a severe sentence is called for in this case to satisfy the requirements of punishment and deterrence.”

The court earlier heard that Perrie, who is on the sex offenders register for life, was reported to the police by his girlfriend after she found a cache of indecent images.

Perrie was detained at Ardrossan, in Ayrshire, in May last year and admitted the offences at the High Court in Aberdeen in March.

His counsel Susan Duff said a psychiatrist had assessed him as posing amedium risk of harm to the public and argued that he should not be given an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

She said there had been “a change in attitude” on the part of Perrie and he accepted that he required intervention.

March 2012

Sex offender’s girlfriend found secret stash of child abuse pictures

The girlfriend of a serial sex offender phoned police when she found a secret stash of child abuse pictures in his house.

Steven Perrie’s girlfriend grew suspicious when she found a DVD recorder hidden in his bedroom drawer.

When Sharon Aiton played one of the DVDs she found a picture of a child aged around five being abused.

The horrified mother also found a pair of soiled childrens underwear in the drawer.

Perrie has admitted offences relating to child abuse images for the third time.

The 46-year-old was jailed for two years in 2004 after being caught with a record collection of indecent images – more than 400,000 photographs and nearly 16,000 videos.

The former bricklayer, from Forfar, received a second jail sentence in 2005 when it emerged he had been downloading abusive images while working on an extension to a friend’s house.

The father-of-two admitted the latest offences at the High Court in Aberdeen on Tuesday – pleading guilty to downloading and distributing more than 16,000 images and 593 videos.

The court heard that Perrie had been living alone but was in a relationship with Miss Aiton, the mother of his two-year-old daughter.

Advocate depute Neil Beardmore said: “She found a pair of girls pants which appeared to be soiled with semen and a quantity of DVDs.”

Around 300 of the pictures were categorised as the most severe possible.  The pictures originated from across Europe, Asia and America.

Defence advocate Susan Duff said Perrie has a “long-standing problem” with child abuse images.

She said: “He realises that to continue with this behavior will result in him facing lengthy periods of imprisonment.

“That is not something he wants for the rest of his life.

“He doesn’t want to commit the offences because the consequences far outweigh what he gains from committing them.

“This has been the lightning bolt that has made him realise that this can’t continue.”

At court on Wednesday, Lord Uist deferred sentence for a risk assessment order to gauge how much of a threat Perrie would pose to the public if liberated.

He will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh in June

January 2004

Man jailed for ‘record’ child porn 

A man has been jailed for two years after being caught with what is thought to be the largest haul of child pornography ever found in Scotland.

Steven Perrie, from Falkirk, had more than 403,000 indecent images and almost 16,000 video clips on his computer.

Sheriff Norrie Stein said the case warranted a 10-year sentence – but could not impose one because the offences pre-dated new legislation.

At Arbroath Sheriff Court, Perrie, 37, admitted making indecent photographs.

He had pleaded guilty to making the images between May 1999 and December 2002.

Perrie was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and given a further one-year supervised sentence on his release.

The outcome of the case was welcomed by Tayside Police.

Officers spent four weeks sifting through the photographs, having to take regular breaks because of the upsetting nature of the images.

Perrie was caught in the international Operation Ore crackdown on child pornography.

The court earlier heard that his credit card details were found after Texas-based Landslide Productions was investigated by the FBI.

When police went to Perrie’s home in December 2002 he admitted having been in possession of child pornography.

He told officers that the images were for his own use.

Fiscal Brian Dell said Tayside Police had told him that it was the largest collection ever found in Scotland.

Police said it would have taken years to amass such a number of images.

Defence lawyer Hamish Watt told the court that his client wanted to seek help for his crimes.

“It defies human conduct to be appreciative of these images,” he said.

Mr Watt also told the court that Perrie had been abused by an elderly person as a child.