June 2016

Sex abuse counsellor caught with indecent images of children walks free from court

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A former Justice of the Peace and sexual abuse counsellor who was caught with a stash of child abuse images has walked free from court.

Sick Kieran Docherty, 62, hauled more than a hundred depraved images of young boys between the age of two and 14, some of them featuring “penetrative sexual contact” with adults, a court heard.

Yet he dodged a jail term despite pleading guilty to taking or making indecent photographs of children found by police after a raid on his home in Fife, Scotland in July last year.

Mr Docherty was instead placed on the sex offenders register list and handed 180 hours unpaid work at a trial in the same complex where he served as Justice of the Peace for two years.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Docherty was a registered counsellor who advertised himself as a £40 an hour therapist for cases of trauma, sexual abuse and “sexual issues”.

A source said: “He served for about two years, and quit about two years before he was arrested citing health grounds.

“It was a bit of a shock to see him in the dock having previously seen him on the bench.”

Docherty and his wife were told they were both being detained on suspicion of downloading the horror pictures, the court heard.

They depicted young boys aged between two and 14, some showing children involved in “penetrative sexual contact” with adults.

The court heard Docherty told officers: “If there’s any pornography it will be mine.”

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told the court: “In July last year it was discovered that someone at the address was in possession of indecent images of children.

“The accused and his wife were traced there and were questioned separately.

“The accused was asked about computers he had and said there was a PC, a Mac and an iPad.

“A preview examination of the computer revealed 20 indecent images on it.

“Both the accused and his wife were told they would be detained and at that he said ‘if there’s any pornography it will be mine’.

“When asked about the possession of indecent images he made no comment.

“An examination of all his equipment revealed a total of 101 images, 70 of which were unique.

“That included 21 at category A – the most serious level – which depicts penetrative sexual contact with adults.

“The children in the images ranged in ages from two to 14.”

A source said: “He served for about two years, and quit about two years before he was arrested citing health grounds.

“It was a bit of a shock to see him in the dock having previously seen him on the bench.”

Docherty and his wife were told they were both being detained on suspicion of downloading the horror pictures, the court heard.

They depicted young boys aged between two and 14, some showing children involved in “penetrative sexual contact” with adults.

The court heard Docherty told officers: “If there’s any pornography it will be mine.”

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told the court: “In July last year it was discovered that someone at the address was in possession of indecent images of children.

“The accused and his wife were traced there and were questioned separately.

“The accused was asked about computers he had and said there was a PC, a Mac and an iPad.

“A preview examination of the computer revealed 20 indecent images on it.

“Both the accused and his wife were told they would be detained and at that he said ‘if there’s any pornography it will be mine’.

“When asked about the possession of indecent images he made no comment.

“An examination of all his equipment revealed a total of 101 images, 70 of which were unique.

“That included 21 at category A – the most serious level – which depicts penetrative sexual contact with adults.

“The children in the images ranged in ages from two to 14.”

May 2016

Sex abuse counsellor was caught with indecent images of children

A therapist who supported victims of sexual abuse was caught with a stash of indecent images of children.

Kieran Docherty is a registered counsellor who advertised himself as a £40 an hour therapist for cases of trauma, sexual abuse and “sexual issues”.

He was caught after his home in Fife was raided last July and high level abuse images were found, depicting young boys aged between two and 14.

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court: “In July last year, it was discovered that someone at the address was in possession of indecent images of children.

He and his wife were told they were both being detained on suspicion of downloading the pictures – which depicted young boys aged between two and 14.

At that point Docherty said: “If there’s any pornography it will be mine.”

Docherty, 62, of Coach Road, Newburgh, pleaded guilty on indictment to taking or making indecent photographs of children at his home address on July 28 last year.

“The accused and his wife were traced there and were questioned separately. The accused was asked about computers he had and said there was a PC, a Mac and an iPad.

“A preview examination of the computer revealed indecent images on it.

“Both the accused and his wife were told they would be detained and at that point he said ‘if there’s any pornography it will be mine’.

“When asked about the possession of indecent images he made no comment. An examination of all his equipment revealed a total of 101 images, 70 of which were unique.

“That included 21 at category A – the most serious level. The children in the images ranged in ages from two to 14.”

Docherty, 62, of Coach Road, Newburgh, Fife, pleaded guilty on indictment to taking or making indecent photographs of children at his home address on July 28 last year.

Defence solicitor Gary McIlravey said: “There is quite a detailed background that will possibly be better explained in the context of a social work report.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC deferred sentence until next month and released Docherty on bail meantime.

She said: “You are a first offender so given that and the nature of the charge I will call for reports.”