January 2021

Paedophile ex cop banned from going near kids after being found with stash of abuse pictures

A paedophile former police officer has been banned from going near children after he was caught with a hoard of abuse images.

Twisted Richard Scott had horrific pictures and films featuring girls as young as three but still managed to avoid a prison sentence

The 42-year-old had images stored on his mobile phone – which police officers found in his pocket when they went to arrest him.

But Scott, who had left the force when he was busted by former colleagues, appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday for sentencing and was placed on the sex offenders’ register.

He’d previously pleaded guilty to charges of downloading and possessing indecent images of children between June 24, 2018, and November 19, 2019.

Procurator Fiscal Depute David McDonald told the court that police headed to his empty home in the Renfrewshire village of Brookfield at around 7.35am on November 19, 2019, to search the property.

The prosecutor explained that Scott arrived at around 9.45am and was arrested and cautioned, making no reply, after granting officers access to his home.

Officers found a Sony Xperia mobile phone in his right trouser pocket, and Cybercrime officers entered the property after it had been photographed by police.

During the search, police also seized a Cruzer Scan Disc memory card, an NZXT Computer tower, and a B and O Play USB stick.

The memory card and USB stick were given back to the ex-cop after computer experts confirmed the devices were clean.

He gave a “no comment” interview to police probing his perverse online activities but did provide a PIN code to both his phone – allowing officers to find indecent images of children on the phone.

All 10 of the “unique images” were accessible, and two of which fell within the most serious category for child abuse images.

The NZXT Computer Tower was found to contain 50 pictures, nine of which came from the most serious category, and a 15-minute-long film showing two underage girls performing sex acts on each other.

Scott’s stash contained images of girls aged three, nine, 12, and 14.

The prosecutor also asked the court to hand Scott a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) given the seriousness of the offence.

Scott admitted his shameful actions at court last year and sentencing was deferred for background reports to be prepared.

And the former cop, who spent one night behind bars over the case, returned to the dock this week to learn his fate.

Sheriff Pettigrew spared him jail by handing Scott a sentence as an “alternative to custody” by placing him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for three years, banning him from contacting or approaching children up to the age of 17, and stopped him from using the internet without seeking prior permission.

He was also placed under mandatory supervision and put on a programme which works with sex offenders in Renfrewshire.

Scott was also banned from owning any device capable of taking or storing pictures.