May 2021

Pervert shared sickening child sex abuse images online and discussed abuse fantasies

A man has been warned it is “highly possible” he will be jailed for distributing indecent images of children online and discussing sickening abuse fantasies on messaging apps.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court was told Scott Smollet used Snapchat to swap horrifying pictures of child sexual abuse and rape.

Children as young as three featured in his depraved stash of images, which included files ranked as category A – the most serious.

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The 44-year-old was caught when police received intelligence about indecent images of children being uploaded from his address in Kintore.

The images featured girls aged approximately six to eight years old.

A chat with an unidentified person was also found where category A images had been sent from the phone. The image was of a boy and a girl aged approximately 10 years old.

In August last year the same person was sent two more category A images and one category A video from the phone.

The images feature girls approximately eight years old and the video features a girl aged approximately six years old.

He admitted using chat websites to engage in sexualised conversations with others and to exchange sexual images including indecent images of children.

Smollet was cautioned and charged.

Smollet, of Brae Crescent, Kintore, pled guilty to distributing or showing indecent images of children, and to taking, permitting to be taken or making indecent images of children.

Sheriff Philip Mann said he would “give consideration to all possible disposals”, warning: “A custodial sentence is entirely possible.”

He deferred sentence until next month and ordered a social work report and restriction of liberty order assessment.

The sheriff also made Smollet subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act.