December 2015

Pervert with 80,000 sexual images of child abuse kept room padlocked so family wouldn’t find sick stash


A man who claimed to be addicted to child sex abuse images has been jailed – after he was caught with more than 80,000 of them.

Due to his vile stash, Christopher Brown kept the door of his bedroom padlocked so his mum and brother would not find the sickening images on his laptop and video camera.

The 28-year-old, who was given a four-year jail term, will be monitored for three years in the community once he is released from jail.

Brown, from Dumbarton, was snared after an investigation by a team of English cops targeting internet paedophiles.

He even had to replenish his collection of downloaded images after his original laptop broke

In total there were 80,455 images, the majority of which were of young boys aged between three and 15, and ranged in severity from provocative images to the most serious that can be made.

Brown appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court in 2012 where he was jailed for three years and told he would be supervised for three years upon his release from prison.

As part of the sentence he was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), banning him from owning any devices capable of storing or taking photographs or videos.

Due to early release rules Brown, who is originally from Dumbarton, was released before his three-year prison stretch came to an end, but was still subject to the terms of the SOPO and was on license for three years.

And, in July this year, he was found to be in breach of the SOPO after he was caught with two mobile phones, which both had cameras, at a flat in Clydebank’s Ellinger Court.

As well as the contraband phones, Brown was found to have one pornographic picture of a child on one of the handsets.

He later appeared in the dock at Dumbarton Sheriff Court where he pleaded guilty to the two charges he faced.

He admitted being in possession of child sex abuse images and breaching his SOPO, breaking Section 113(1)(a) of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2003.

As he had offended whilst subject to a three-year license, Sheriff William Gallagher returned Brown to custody for the full period of three years.

Brown – who ran in to a custody van to avoid being photographed after his court appearance, was also jailed for a year for the most recent case and told he would be supervised for three years once released from custody.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for a period of three years.

The Hertfordshire Constabulary Paedophile Investigation Unit came across Brown while they were monitoring paedophiles who use social networking sites, chat rooms and file sharing programs.

They identified Brown through a hotmail address and sent an intelligence file to the then Strathclyde Police force in October 2011.

His home in Dumbarton was searched in January 2012, when police found his laptop and his collection.