November 2015

Man who had indecent child images must tell police of any new friends

A housing officer who downloaded child abuse images has been banned from making new friends without telling the police.

Stephen Thomson has also been ordered to install police spy software on his computer so they can monitor what material he is viewing online.

Thomson, 54, admitted having a hoard of illicit images and two video files at his home on Burleigh Road, Milnathort, between June 2013 and June 2014.

He was made subject of a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order at Perth Sheriff Court, ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work and for three years has to report “any new acquaintances” to police if they are involved with children.

September 2015

Man, 54, put on sex offenders register over indecent images of children

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

Officers investigating Stephen Thomson seized a laptop and two USB sticks during a raid at a property in Milnathort.

They found he had more than 250 photographs, as well as two videos, including seven images at level five – at the upper end of the scale.

A further 48 were at level four.

The videos, totalling around three seconds, were levels one and two.

The children in the images were predominantly of girls between the ages of four and 14.

Depute fiscal Gavin Letford said the laptop was registered as “Steve’s laptop” and contained a user profile entitled “Steve admin”, which had last been used on June 23 2014.

The computer also contained software to prevent browser tracking and also to erase files from the hard drive but they were recovered.

Thomson’s former partner was unaware of the existence of the images.

Thomson, 54, admitted that between June 23 2013 and June 23 2014 he took or allowed to be taken indecent images of children.

The offence is said to have taken place at his then home address on Burleigh Road, Milnathort. He has since moved.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis deferred sentence on Thomson until November for reports but placed him on the sex offenders register in the interim.

He reserved judgement on a Crown motion to forfeit the laptop and USB sticks.