June 2016

Special Olympics gold medal winner had child abuse images


A Special Olympics gold medalist who taught disabled children swimming has been caught with sexual abuse images of young boys and girls

Andrew Gray, a former assistant Scout leader, was arrested after police raided the home he shared with his parents in Dundee.

Officers discovered hundreds of indecent images of children that he had downloaded from the internet.

Gray will be sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court next month.

The 37-year-old, who won gold in the 25-metre butterfly at the 2007 games in Shanghai, was also placed on the sex offenders register.

Depute fiscal Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court: “Confidential information was received indicating that indecent images of children were accessed from an IP address attributed to his home address.

“A warrant was executed on 9 September last year and the accused was traced along with his parents within.

“The warrant was explained to him and the accused stated: ‘Can I ask when this was as I had a problem before’.

“His parents then explained about images they had discovered on his mobile phone previously.”

A computer tower and external hard drive were recovered and contained indecent images of children and internet searches including “naked toddler”.

Miss Rasheed said: “A total of 183 images were on this computer.

“The external hard drive contained 710 indecent images, including 87 at the top level.”

Gray, 37, of Dundee, admitted taking or making indecent images of children at his home between 18 March and 29 August last year.

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for reports and released Gray on bail.