May 2016

Child sexual abuse images found on horse trainers computer

A HAWICK man, who was found to have more than 1,300 indecent images of children on his computer, has had his name placed on the Sex Offender’s Register at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Self-employed horse trainer and dog walker Andrew Bell pleaded guilty to the offence which happened at his Ruberslaw Road home between May 2014 and July 29 last year.

The court heard that 157 images were in the most serious category A, involving penetrative sex.

One moving image featured an adult female engaging in oral sex with an animal.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said officers discovered 116 category B images, which involved images of non-penetrative sexual activity and 1,053 indecent images from category C.

The total number of indecent images found on 42-year-old Bell’s computer was 1,327.

Mr Fraser explained that police received information that someone at that address had been accessing indecent images from the Internet and the property was searched under warrant on July 31, 2015.

Bell admitted he had typed “pre-teen” into the search engine when accessing images but more often it was “teen”.

Mr Fraser said: “He told police this happened often at night after drinking or smoking cannabis when his judgement was not at its best.”

Sheriff Peter Paterson deferred sentence until June 13 and in the meantime ordered Bell’s name be placed on the Sex Offender’s Register.