May 2013

Caught with child abuse images after jail term

A prisoner who was released early from a 25-month jail sentence for possessing more than half-a-million images of child porn pictures was caught with over 30,000 more just four months later.

Yeoman Smith was found with indecent images of underage youngsters by police, who were acting on a tip-off, while he was staying with relatives in Mid Calder.

The self-employed information technology consultant earlier pleaded guilty to possessing and taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent photographs of children between August 13 and September 5, last year.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard last week that on two PCs police found 30,299 images, most had been deleted but were accessed by computer experts, but 2820 were still on Smith’s computer. They also found 120 moving images, with 65 still accessible.

Most were at level one – the least serious category – but there were 457 deleted images at level four and 42 movies.

Smith (43), had been released from jail last April after serving half of a 25-month sentence for possessing 581,649 still images and 1884 moving images.

Depute Fiscal Lindsay Armstrong said: “A search warrant was requested and granted on September 5, 2012 and police attended at the home address of the accused.

“The accused was questioned under caution regarding any computers in the house and asked if he had any indecent images in the house. He responded ‘on my computers’ which were seized and he was detained.”

Smith’s lawyer said during his time in prison her client had been a “model prisoner” and had fully co-operated with the sexual offenders’ programme.

“He accepts full responsibility for his actions. There is still room for further work under supervision and he is somebody who has demonstrated an ability to co-operate in the past.”

Sheriff Susan Craig jailed Smith for 18 months. The High Court has already recalled Smith to serve the unexpired portion of his original sentence and the 18 month sentence will be added to the end.

The sheriff said: “It is a matter of concern that you planned this. You went out and bought a computer fairly soon after being released when you knew you should not have bought it.

“Both reports say you are at a high risk of re-offending and the volume of material suggests you have compulsive behaviour.”

March 2013

Back behind bars for child abuse images “addiction”

A COMPUTER consultant who was freed early from a jail sentence after being arrested in Shetland for amassing a huge hoard of child pornography was sent back to prison on Thursday for 15 months after downloading and possessing more indecent images.

Yeoman Smith was released on licence with conditions that he did not access the internet unless supervised and with prior authorisation. 

But the judge who jailed him for his original crime said he had “blatantly broken” the conditions by obtaining computer equipment and committing the same sort of offence.

Lord Uist told Smith at the High Court in Edinburgh: “I am in no doubt it is appropriate that I should order you be returned to prison to serve part of the sentence which I imposed on you.”

Defence solicitor advocate Sandra Walker said: “He has described his desire to view child pornography as an addiction.” 

The 37 year old was jailed for 25 months in 2011 and put under supervision for a further three years after a friend found child pornography at his flat in Livingstone Place, in Edinburgh. 

He had built up a cache of more than half a million still images and in excess of 1800 pieces of footage. 

He had gone to Shetland for a family funeral when a downstairs neighbour contacted a friend of his over concerns about a potential water leak from his flat. 

The friend went to turn off the water but later found images of children performing sex acts on adult males and contacted police. 

Smith was released from prison in April last year and went to stay with relatives in the West Lothian village of Mid Calder but by August was committing similar offences. 

A sheriff at Livingston will sentence him for the latest offences.