May 2019: Alexander McCracken has been released from prison and now lives just a five-minute walk from a nursery school. Now living in a one-bedroom flat in South Ayrshire

Alexander McCracken pictured on the streets of his home village in Scotland after his release from prison last year

March 2015

‘I’d deffo rape a little baby girl’: Ex-cop plotted to have child with lover then sexually abuse it



A paedophile former policeman who plotted with his lover to have a baby and then sexually abuse it has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Alexander McCracken’s ex-girlfriend Sharon Campbell got the same sentence after it was revealed how they shared hundreds of “horrendous” child abuse images with other paedophiles online – most involving babies or toddlers.



McCracken, 35, and Campbell, 39, also discussed their fantasies, including murdering children and abusing a child of their own

Police raided McCracken’s Ayr home in Scotland in January last year after a tip-off from online child protection experts.

In analysing his computer, investigators saw how McCracken, who was a policeman for nine years, wrote that he would “deffo rape a little baby girl”, and his lover Campbell added, “I would help him LOL.”

Officers seized a computer and phone and found 551 images of children, mainly very young girls.

Almost all the images had been shared.

Ayr sheriff Scott Pattison told McCracken and Campbell they had admitted “possession and distribution of the most horrendous images of child abuse”.

He added: “It’s all the more serious because you were sharing these vile images.”

The sheriff noted the two perverts’ claims that they only talked about raping and killing little children for sexual kicks and had not physically abused any children themselves.

McCracken left the police after being exposed in 2010 as a swinger who also worked as a bisexual prostitute, charging £400 a night.

He and former care worker Campbell have one child each from previous relationships who they are now banned from seeing.

They were each given 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, put on the sex offenders register indefinitely and banned from using any device which would give them access to the internet.


February 2015

Depraved couple talked of having a baby so they could abuse her

They are Scotland’s most vile couple – And what makes it worse is Alexander McCracken (35) was a policeman

And his twisted lover Sharon Campbell (39) was a carer at an old folks nursing home

The nature of their crimes is appalling beyond belief – They chatted on-line about the rape and killing of new born babies

And they even talked about creating a baby themselves to be abused for their perverted pleasure and to share around with other paedophiles

They were also found with and distributed hundreds of depraved photos of infants and toddlers being abused and sexually exploited

Both perverts have now been locked up after appearing nervously in the dock at Ayr crown court today

A TWISTED former policeman and his lover plotted to conceive a baby – to abuse, rape and share with other paedophiles.

Disgraced Alexander McCracken and his then girlfriend Sharon Campbell shared vile fantasies of raping and murdering children on-line.

And police who raided McCracken’s home found hundreds of hardcore child porn images which they had distributed to fellow child sex beasts.

The pair were last night both behind bars awaiting sentence for their appalling crimes, which have chilling echoes of the case of jailed Lost Prophets front man Ian Watkins.

McCracken, 35, had spent nine years with Strathclyde Police before being exposed in 2010 as a swinger and £400-a-night bisexual prostitute.

At Ayr Sheriff Court on Tuesday, it was revealed his shame had not stopped his addiction to the seedy side of sex.

And instead of consenting adults, he now chose to prey on helpless children.

He and Campbell admitted three charges of possessing and distributing indencent images of children. John Bradford, prosecuting, said cybercrime experts found 551 such images in Yahoo Messenger chat files after police swooped on McCracken’s home in Ayr in January last year.

Almost all these pictures were passed among paedophiles between July 2012 and October 2013 – and 33 were category five, the most depraved possible.

Bradford said: “The images are predominantly of young girls, with the majority being newborn, babies and toddlers with a few up to about the age of eight.

“The chat indicates that the user has a predilection to violently sexually abuse these infants to death, or allow others do do so.

“The communications include content of a paedophilic nature, comments on the rape and killing of newborn babies and what purports to be a couple trying for a baby so that they can sexually abuse her.”

The usernames “sleazyperv79” and “NepicoupleUK” were linked to the computer and mobile used by McCracken.

Computer experts found apps including Internet Relay Chat, Yahoo Messenger and Gigatribe had been used.

Precise details of much of what was typed during these communications using a variety of identities are too abhorrent to publish.

One, from a user linked to McCracken’s computer, says: “Oh would deffo rape a little baby girl.”

When asked if his girlfriend would let him, the reply was: “It’s the wife typing lol. I would help him lol.”

Another message suggested they would breed a “baby toy” now and abuse it “as soon as born”.

During an exchange, “sleazyperv79” wrote: “Three month old getting molesting … I hope he snuffed her eventually.”

Other extreme images found on McCracken’s computer included adults engaging in sexual activity with horses and dogs.

Police burst into McCracken’s home on January 10 last year after being alerted by the National Online Child Abuse Protection service.

They seized a computer and smartphone before taking the couple to separate police stations, where they gave “no comment”interviews.

A source close to the inquiry said:”It was a national online child protection package. That is how it came to light.”

Police have refused to elaborate on the mechanics of how McCracken was identified so as not to alert other paedophiles to their tactics.

Campbell, 39, was a support worker for elderly people with mental health problems at a care home in Ayr. Her lawyer, Peter Lockhart, said she was now unemployed and was no longer with McCracken.

He told the court: “This is a frankly shocking and appalling offence and she recognises that. She has co-operated fully throughout and there is no getting away from it that a custodial sentence must be uppermost in your mind.”

McCracken’s lawyer Jill Malloy said he complied fully with strict bail conditions and had no unsupervised contact with females under 16 and no internet use where history could be hidden.

He has a 10-year-old son with whom he has no contact.

She added that he had lost his job as a factory production worker.

Sheriff Scott Pattison called for reports before sentencing next month. He said: “These offences are of the utmost seriousness. You are fortunate you have been prosecuted in the sheriff court.”