August 2013

Aberdeen pilot spared jail over indecent images of children


AN ABERDEEN helicopter pilot caught with 35,000 indecent images of children has avoided jail.

Michael Anderson, 62, was instead handed a court order with the requirement he takes part in the Joint Sex Offenders’ Programme.

Anderson admitted that between October 3, 2003 and April 21, 2010 at an address in Aberdeen he did take or permit to be taken or make indecent photographs and videos or pseudo photographs and videos of children.

Defence agent David Sutherland said Anderson showed “clear shame, and disgust at himself”.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, Sheriff Graeme Napier said that although Anderson’s offending was “serious” he recognised that most of the images were at the “lower end” of the scale.

As well as taking part in the Joint Sex Offenders Programme Anderson, whose address was given as Brunswick Place, Aberdeen, will be under supervision for three years, and will be put on the sex offenders’ register.