A depraved pensioner who is “addicted” to seeing children being raped has been jailed – after he was caught with nearly half-a-million child sex abuse images.
Pervert James Barr, 72, had a laptop and a total of 92 USB sticks, crammed with 465,000 images of young children being raped and tortured.
He was busted by police at his home in Johnstone, in August last year – with police discovering he had 465,064 child abuse images on the devices.
He appeared in court charged over the find and was released on bail, with special conditions designed to prevent him from accessing more illegal images online.
But when officers arrived at his home in January this year to carry out a bail check they found another laptop and two further USB devices.
The devices were crammed with a further 24,885 images he had downloaded in just six months, taking Barr’s total haul to 489,949.
He admitted his sordid obsession when he appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court last month, pleading guilty to downloading abuse images at his home on various occasions between January 1, 2012, and January 31 this year.
He was caged for more than two years when he returned to the dock today to learn his fate.
He held his hands up over his sordid and worrying obsession when he appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court last month, pleading guilty to downloading abuse images at his home on various occasions between January 1, 2012, and January 31 this year.
Procurator Fiscal Depute Keri Marshall, prosecuting, told the court that Barr had both still images and films, and that many of the images he had were categorised as being the most serious there is.
The children being abused in the images were mostly females, aged between six-months-old and 16-years-old, but some of the images also featured boys.
As well as videos of young girls being raped, he had files which showed youngsters bound and gagged and being forced to perform sex acts on grown men.
One of the videos he was caught with even showed a boy and a girl, both aged between four and six, having sex with each other.
After hearing that the amount of images Barr had downloaded, and the fact he had continued to do it after being caught initially, was because he has “an addiction to it” Sheriff Seith Ireland called for background reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing.
When Barr returned to the dock, Sheriff Ireland was asked to consider placing him on a community-based disposal, which would allow him to go to counselling, to try and get him to change his ways.
But he ruled prison was the only place the pensioner was going, caging him for 27 months, reduced from three years as he admitted his guilt.
He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.