March 2021

Pervert who hoarded indecent images of children avoids jail

A pervert who hoarded indecent images of children as young as one on his mobile phone has avoided jail.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how 41-year-old Shaun Anderson was caught after a relative found chat logs while changing a password on a games console.

Anderson, of Paisley, committed the crimes at his former home in the Springburn area of Glasgow between January and March, 2018.

He pled guilty to sending written sexual communication to a person he believed to be a child.

Anderson also admitted attempting to meet a child and possession of indecent images.

Sheriff Joan Kerr placed him under supervision and added his name to the Sex Offenders Register for three years.

The court heard a relative found Anderson’s account on social media chat app Kik.

Prosecutor John Bedford said: “The purposes were to seek young teenage partners.”

Anderson was later found to have an indecent profile picture which could have been seen by the general public.

Two decoys posing as 14 and 15-year-old girls also chatted with Anderson at this time.

Anderson asked the 15-year-old decoy if she was “comfortable with the age gap.”

He then arranged to meet her at Glasgow Central train station.

Anderson meantime asked the younger decoy if she wanted sex.

Police raided his home and seized his phone after he admitted having indecent images on it.

A total of 13 images were found, featuring children aged between one and 14.

Mr Bedford added: “The internet search history shows search terms indicative of young teenage females.”