January 2021: Lothian was jailed for two years and was told he will be on licence for a further three years following his release. He was also placed on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period

December 2019

Postman who filmed himself sexually abusing young girl caught as cops find 100,000 indecent images at Midlothian home

A perverted postman who filmed himself sexually abusing a girl was caught when police discovered the footage and 100,000 indecent images of children he had downloaded.

Kenneth Lothian made several recordings of himself carrying out the sick sex attacks on the vulnerable teenager over a 12-month period at his home in Newtongrange, Midlothian.

The vile homemade movies showed the 52-year-old beast sexually assaulting the girl and forcing her to touch his private parts while he watched porn.

The footage was discovered earlier this year when cops were tipped off about Lothian’s stash and raided his home.

Shocked police officers discovered a total of 99,517 still images of children being sexually abused along with 8,717 videos hidden away on two devices.

Lothian’s huge stash of child abuse included movies depicting infants being raped as well as footage of older children also being abused.

The depraved postie pleaded guilty to possessing the large number of images and videos and to using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards, and to engaging in sexual activity with the teenager when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Descriptions of Lothian’s vile behaviour left many people in the public gallery so shocked when they were read out in open court that several were forced to leave the court room in distress.

Fiscal depute Heather Carmichael told the court police arrived at Lothian’s home he shares with his partner at around 3.30pm on April 18 this year after receiving intelligence about downloaded images.

She said Lothian pulled an officer aside and confessed he had been “downloading and looking at images” and his partner “knew nothing about it”.

The prosecutor added a laptop and a hard drive were seized and the massive amount of child abuse pictures and movies were found hidden away on them.

The court was stood there were 2436 pictures and 2929 videos at Category A which is at the most depraved end of the spectrum.

During the police investigation officers then found six videos and five pictures of Lothian sexually abusing the teenage girl at his home.

The images were found to be have taken on occasions between 2010 and 2011 and showed Lothian abusing the girl who was described as having “learning difficulties and health problems”.

Police traced the girl, who is now an adult, and she told officers about some of the sordid acts Lothian carried out.

Sheriff Norman McFadyen placed Lothian on the sex offenders register for a term still to be determined and deferred sentence to next month for reports and a risk assessment to be prepared.

Lothian pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children at his home between September 21, 2010 and April 18 this year.

He also admitted using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a child by rubbing, penetrating and kissing her vagina, exposing his penis and instructing her to touch his penis, remove her clothes and watch pornography in her presence between September 21 and November 30, 2010.

Lothian also admitted carrying out the same activity with the girl between December 1, 2010 and September 20, 2011.