June 2020

Pervert dentist sent horrific child abuse images to lawyer ‘to expose paedophile chat room’

A former dentist who sent indecent images to his lawyer claiming he wanted to expose a paedophile chat room has walked free from court.

Harry Robertson, 59, from Glasgow was out on licence from another child abuse image conviction at the time. 

The convicted sex offender also sent the the two indecent images of young boys to a friend.

Robertson was struck from the dental register in 2014 for hiding his HIV diagnosis and then was snared in 2017 with 215 still and moving indecent images of children.

Robertson, who worked as a dentist in Paisley and Dumfries, pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to possession and creating indecent images of children from his home in the city’s Kelvindale.

He also admitted distributing or showing indecent photographs of children.

Sheriff Ian Fleming placed Robertson on a two year community payback order which includes 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for two years.

A previous hearing was told a staff member at the Criminal Justice Social Work department received a call from Robertson in July last year

Prosecutor Mhairi Alexander said: “He informed her he did something stupid at the weekend and wanted to keep himself right by letting the authorities know.”

Robertson told the staff member he was on a chat forum where indecent images of children were shared.

He added that he had taken and sent two screenshots to his lawyer “as he believed he had stumbled on something big.”

The information was forwarded to the Offender Management Unit, who was overseeing Robertson’s release.

Police searched Robertson’s house and seized an iPhone.

Miss Alexander said: “He stated he was hallucinating whilst taking cocaine at the time in question.”

Robertson admitted taking the screenshots to “alert the authorities” about the chatroom.

He also told officers that he had sent the screenshots to his “solicitor and a friend.”

A search of the phone found two images – one in the highest category A and the other in category B.

The children in the images were of boys aged between eight and 12-years-old.

Robertson’s chat logs on Whatsapp proved he sent the screenshots to his lawyer and another man.

Miss Alexander said: “Robertson stated to his lawyer he believed he has uncovered illegal activity regarding paedophiles.”

June 2018

Struck-off dentist jailed over child abuse images

A former Glasgow dentist struck off after he hid that he had HIV has been jailed for possessing a haul of indecent images of children.

Harry Robertson was removed from the dental register in 2014 after a case before the General Dental Council.

Last June the dentist was caught with dozens of indecent pictures and videos of children at his west end flat.

He was jailed for 18 months after he admitted downloading and possessing the material between 2009 and 2017.

Sheriff Joseph Platt said he considered Robertson’s lack of previous convictions and health problems.

But he told Glasgow Sheriff Court: “The children involved in these images were hideously abused”.

Robertson was also put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

The court heard police received information last June that there were indecent images at the Cleveden Drive flat.

On 6 June police searched the property and found a hard drive, laptop and USB sticks that were later forensically examined.

The court was told 130 still images and 85 videos were found on the various devices with the majority being “category A”, the most serious.

Robertson was detained and interviewed and made no reply when he was later charged.

Defence lawyer Rodney Stevens said following Robertson’s HIV diagnosis his relationship broke down.

He had stopped working in 2012 and the following year there was a “rapid decline in his mental health”.

He said Robertson didn’t actively search for the images but used a video sharing application and accepts “he should have taken action to avoid these images”.

In 2014 the General Dental Council (GDC) conducted a private hearing into his actions, with the majority of the charges against him withheld from the public, but documents show he was accused of “dishonest conduct”.

A ruling on the case stated: “The committee has determined that it is appropriate to erase the name of Harry Gordon Robertson from the Dentists Register.”

In August 2013, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) contacted patients who had been treated by Robertson between January 2004 and March 2013.

More than 10,000 patients were tested and no-one was found to be HIV positive.

At the time hundreds of patients were not traced at that time although a public awareness campaign was conducted in the hope these people would present for testing.