January 2021

Scots dad apologised to partner as cops found laptop with indecent images of girls as young as three

A new dad was unmasked as a sex offender in front of his partner and five-month-old baby.

Scott Campbell, 34, was snared with indecent images of girls as young as three being abused by men during a police raid at his home in Erskine.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard shocked Campbell said “sorry” to his girlfriend when officers seized his laptop and mobile phone during the bust, which took place on June 1 last year.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Mark Nicol said: “At 7am on the date in question police officers attended the locus in possession of a lawfully granted search warrant.

“The accused was present with his partner and a five-month old child.

“He was read the search warrant and the accused pointed to an ottoman and a phone and said ‘It is my phone over there.’

“Looking at his partner he said, ‘Sorry’.”

Cops searched Campbell’s house and recovered a Toshiba laptop from a bedroom and a Samsung mobile phone from the ottoman in the living room.

Mr Nicol added: “Cyber crime experts carried out initial examinations of the devices seized and discovered there were indecent images on both devices.”

Campbell confirmed he was the sole user of the phone and laptop.

The court heard analysis of the devices showed there were 31 indecent images at category B, and 30 at category C, on the laptop.

An example of category B was described as showing two girls aged around seven engaged in sexualised poses.

A total of 65 images were found on Campbell’s mobile, of which 17 were class A, the worst category.

There were 12 at category B and 36 at category C.

An example of the class A images featured a three-year-old girl being abused.

Other category B photos showed girls aged around seven being abused by adult men.

He was arrested and taken to Greenock Police Station but made no reply to caution and charge.

Campbell, of Park Gate, Erskine, pleaded guilty to a charge of having indecent photographs of children in his possession between January 18, 2016 and June 1, 2020.

Sheriff David Pender told him: “Obviously, this is a very serious matter, but I cannot deal with it until I have got the benefit of a Criminal Justice Social Work Report.”

He placed Campbell on the Sex Offenders’ Register and ordered him back to appear back at court on February 3 to learn his fate.