January 2021

Scots paedo with sick pics of BABIES & videos of young kids being abused dodges jail

A depraved pervert caught with sick photographs of baby girls being sexually abused has dodged jail.

Owen Hanley was caught with a disturbing collection of still images and videos of females aged between six months and 12-years-old being sexually abused.

He appeared for sentence at Livingston Sheriff Court on Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to possessing 53 still images of children being subjected to sexual acts and four videos featuring similar disgusting scenes. 

An earlier hearing heard that police raided Hanley’s home in Crosshill Drive, Bathgate, after a tip-off that his web account had been used for downloading indecent images.

After obtaining a search warrant officers visited his house at 9am on Monday 2 November this year. 

When they found a laptop computer on his desk in a bedroom, Hanley told them: “You’ll find things on there”.

A forensic examination of Hanley’s computer retrieved 53 still images in categories A to C – where A is rated as the worst form of abuse  – and four videos in categories A to B.

The most graphic images showed penetrative sexual behaviour with young children, depute fiscal Connor Muir said.

Passing sentence in Hanley’s absence due to Covid rules, Sheriff Martin Edington said such offences were “always a serious matter”.

He made Hanley subject to a community payback order placing him under social work supervision for 18 months.

He warned that if Hanley failed to comply with all aspects of the order he would be brought back to court to face the likelihood of a prison sentence.

The sheriff said Hanley’s name would also remain on the sex offenders’ register for 18 months.