June 2021: As an alternative to custody, Andrews was ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work, placed on 18 months of supervision and made subject to a programme and conduct requirement.

This will restrict his access to the internet and how many devices he owns. Andrews was also placed on the sex offender’s register for 18 months.

May 2021

Scientist admits possessing sick child abuse images at his Broughty Ferry home

An eminent scientist has admitted hoarding indecent images of children at his Broughty Ferry home.

Dr Paul Andrews is awaiting sentence after he pled guilty to downloading the sick images in 2019.

Andrews was formerly employed at the University of Dundee as the director of operations at the National Phenotypic Screening Centre.

He had been involved in groundbreaking research in the hope of developing the world’s first male contraceptive pill, funded by a £900,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The 54-year-old appeared personally at Dundee Sheriff Court to admit the single charge against him.

Andrews, a first offender, pled guilty to taking or permitting to be taken indecent images or pseudo images of children between November 8 and 11 2019 on Seafield Road, Broughty Ferry.

Solicitor Mark Harrower opted to reserve mitigation until social work reports had been prepared.

Sheriff Neil Bowie made Andrews subject to the sex offender’s register ahead of sentencing in June.