September 2013

Pervert jailed for sharing child abuse videos online

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A man who made more than 11 hours of videos of child sex abuse available online has been jailed.

Lee West, 30, of South Methven Street, Perth, made the videos – featuring children as young – available to other users on a file sharing website.

He was caught as part of Operation Alba conducted by the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.

Sheriff Fiona Tait jailed him for 15 months and placed him on the sex offenders register for ten years.

She also ordered that he be placed on supervision in the community for 12 months following his release from prison.

‘Active effort’

Fiscal depute Carol Whyte told Perth Sheriff Court: “Intelligence indicated that the accused was involved in file-sharing, downloading and accessing indecent images of children.

“A search warrant was executed and a number of items were recovered including a laptop.

“It was examined and they recovered 437 moving and still images depicting child abuse.

“There were video clips with a total running time of over 11 hours. They were from level two to level five. They showed girls aged from four to 17.”

She said the computer showed that West had deliberately made the 21 videos available for sharing on the internet with other paedophiles.

Unemployed business administrator West admitted having indecent images at his home between 6 and 29 March last year.

He also admitted having the images and videos with a view to them being distributed or shown by him or others during the same time period.

Solicitor Gary Thompson, defending, said: “He did not make any active effort to distribute them, but he is aware of the way a bit torrent site works in that they may be shared.”

August 2013

Perth man shared indecent images of children

A man has been placed on the sex offenders register after admitting downloading hundreds of indecent images of children.

Lee West was discovered with images and video, including some at the worst level, at his Perth home.

Perth Sheriff Court heard officers had visited the 29-year-old as part of an intelligence-led operation and found material which had been shared using peer-to-peer software.

All of the indecent items involved girls between the ages of four and 17.

West admitted that between March 6 and March 29 last year at his South Methven Street home he took or permitted to be taken indecent photos or pseudo photos of children.

He also admitted being in possession of indecent photos or pseudo photos of children with a view to distributing them to others.

Depute fiscal Carol Whyte said there were 57 “live” images on the computer, which the user could easily access. In addition, some of the images were recovered from the deleted folder of the computer, while other corrupted files were found elsewhere in the hard drive.

Sentence was deferred on West for reports.