Paisley school janitor caught with sick videos of children being raped spared jail for the second time
A former janitor who was caught for with horrific films of children being raped on his computer was spared jail again today.
Alan Morgan was arrested at the school where he worked – Castlehead High School in Paisley, Renfrewshire – after officers found the sickening stash of videos.
He was originally placed on a Community Payback Order for the offence but breached it and was spared jail for the breach today.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard previously that Morgan, 60, came to the attention of police because he had been watching films of children being abused on his computer.
A search warrant was obtained and officers went to his flat in the town’s Orchy Crescent at around 8.40am on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
Morgan wasn’t at home as it was a school day and he was at work, so officers forced their way inside and carried out a search.
Police Scotland computer experts found 108 films on an external hard drive in the living room of his flat, including young children being raped by adults.
The videos police found on his computer all contained children between the ages of three and 16.
Many of the children featured in the videos Morgan had been watching were younger than the ones he interacted with daily at school.
At 12.20pm the same day, they went to Castlehead High School and arrested Morgan on the premises.
He was arrested and released on bail, which saw him banned from having any contact with children under the age of 16 without the consent of the child’s parent or guardian.
He was also banned from deleting the internet history on any device he’d used to go online and was ordered to make his internet-usable devices available to the police on request.
Due to his bail conditions and the case against him, he was suspended from work by Renfrewshire Council, and later sacked.
He pleaded guilty to two charges under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 – one of downloading child porn and one of possessing indecent images of children.
Sentence was deferred so he could be assessed by social workers and an organisation that deals with sex offenders in Renfrewshire and he returned to the dock with the prospect of a prison term hanging over his head.
But he walked free in July 2015 after he was shown mercy by Sheriff Tom McCartney.
He placed Morgan on the Sex Offenders’ Register for three years and told him he would be supervised by social workers throughout that period.
He also ordered Morgan to attend the Moving Forward: Making Changes project, which helps sex offenders change their ways, banned him from owning or using any device which is capable of accessing the internet and gave him 12 months to do 300 hours’ unpaid work.
But he breached the order after being caught with computing equipment he was banned from owning and returned to the dock today.
Sheriff McCartney could have caged Morgan for the offence but opted to spare him prison again.
Morgan will wear an electronic tag and have to stay in his home from 7pm to 7am every day.
The sheriff said: “Failing to comply with any part of a Community Payback Order imposed by the court is a serious matter.
“I had to give careful consideration as to whether a sentence of imprisonment had to be imposed today.
“I’ve decided I’m not going to do that because I’ve decided an alternative is to vary the order.
“This is a direct alternative to imprisonment.”
Morgan spoke only to confirm he understood and would comply with the variation.
School janitor escapes prison sentence despite stash of child abuse images and animal abuse porn
A SCHOOL janitor who was caught with a vile stash of child abuse images and animal porn escaped a prison sentence yesterday.
Depraved Alan Morgan, 58, admitted downloading more than 100 video clips featuring kids as young as three, including some that were described as “masochistic”
He was arrested at Castlehead High, in Paisley , during the school’s lunch break after cops who were acting on a tip-off raided his flat in nearby Orchy Crescent and found the sickening footage.
Morgan was ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service, banned from using the internet and forced to register as a sex offender when he appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday.
Sheriff Thomas McCartney told him: “These are serious offences and I have considered carefully all of the information contained in the reports.
“I have decided I can appropriately deal with these matters with a sentence which is a direct alternative to a custody.
“I have made it clear this is a direct alternative to a custodial sentence and any breach will result in a significant prison sentence.”
Police uncovered Morgan’s stash of indecent images during a raid in November last year.
The footage featured adults abusing children and animals and date from the time he was working at Castlehead High.
Morgan’s Facebook page shows him pictured with young children and lists his employment as ‘school janitor.’
Yesterday, his lawyer Tony Callahan told the court his client has been threatened online and is anxious to undergo treatment for “the problems he accepts he has.”
Mr Callahan added: “He has already suffered significant losses, not only employment, but also social activities, including the local choir, and also had threats on social media.”
Morgan showed no emotion as sentence was passed in court yesterday.
He has been told to comply with a Community Payback Order and will be supervised for three years.
In addition, Morgan must not make contact with anyone under the age of 16 without prior consent and must take part in a rehabilitation programme for sex offenders.
His progress is scheduled to be reviewed on September 19.
Last night, Renfrewshire Council confirmed Morgan was suspended from his job when his crimes came to light and was later sacked.
A spokesman added: “We can confirm that a janitor was suspended and subsequently dismissed in relation to this matter.”