October 2015

Pervert avoids prison for possession of child abuse images

A man caught with indecent images of children at his Viewpark home has been ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work as an alternative to a prison sentence. He is also required to sign on the sex offenders register for a period of three years.

Twenty-four-year-old Stephen Smith admitted charges of making indecent photographs, or pseudo photographs, of children, possessing indecent photographs of children, and failing to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court for sheriff and jury proceedings for which he had been given due notice.

Smith was told he must not have any unsupervised contact with children aged under 17-years-old, and must make any internet devises available to social workers for inspection

August 2015

Uddingston man caught with child abuse images in national probe

An Uddingston man was caught with indecent images of children during a national police initiative into child abuse images.

Eighteen still images of child abuse were found on Stephen Smith’s home computer, and 34 moving images.

At Hamilton Sheriff Court last Friday, fiscal depute Imran Bashir told Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen that Smith had been snared by a national child abuse investigation.

Officers, said Mr Bashir, had received intelligence that an IP address associated with the accused was being used to store indecent images of children.

The location of the offence was Smith’s home in Viewpark. Officers attended there on April 8 last year with a search warrant.

After police told the occupants the reason for their visit, the accused said: “I need to talk to you. It’s my fault. I think I’m to blame.

“I went into the site for a couple of times.”

Officers carried out a ‘triage’ of computer equipment at the scene, said the fiscal depute.

Smith said the computer was what the officers were looking for, adding: “That’s where they all are. They are in that computer.”

He also told officers that to his knowledge no-one else had viewed the images – and that the first visit to the site had been by accident.

When he was later cautioned and charged, he made no reply.

Twenty-four-year-old Smith admitted charges of making indecent photographs, or pseudo photographs, of children, possessing indecent photographs of children, and failing to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court for sheriff and jury proceedings for which he had been given due notice.

Sheriff MacFadyen deferred sentence on Smith until October 8 for a criminal justice social work report and a risk assessment.