June 2021

Child sex fiend found with thousands of vile images

A paedophile who confessed to having an “unhealthy sexual interest” in children was snared with more than 2,400 indecent images and videos.

Barry McCormick, 34, was caught with horrific videos and pictures depicting the sexual abuse of girls as young as six, and boys as young as 12, when cops raided his house following a tip-off from child protection officers.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard shamed McCormick had downloaded – and was even sharing – the vile material with other perverts via an online programme on his computer.

Procurator fiscal depute Ed Sheeran told the court that police staged a dawn raid at McCormick’s house in Gallowhill on July 3, last year.

He said: “Intelligence was received that the internet at a property was being used to download indecent images of children and the user had them available for share.

“A warrant was granted and at 7am on July 3, 2020, police attended at the property where they were granted access.

“The accused was within the address, along with his brother.

“During the search, a Lenovo blue laptop was seized. Also, an iPhone 7 was recovered and an iPhone 11 was removed from the accused’s possession.”

The court heard an initial examination of the devices showed the presence of both Category A and B images.

McCormick was arrested and taken into custody where he admitted downloading indecent images of children.

He also told cops he had used online storage to stash them, and admitted further indecent material would be found on the devices.

Cops also found software for sharing the sick content with other online perverts.

The prosecutor added: “He said he was responsible for it.

“He said he considered himself as having an unhealthy sexual interest in children, but did not believe himself to be damaging to children.”

Forensic analysis revealed McCormick had hoarded 2,418 images and videos on his devices, with 18 Category A images, 99 Category B and 2,301 Category C.

An example of a Category A video depicted a girl aged six being violated by a man.

Another showed a boy of 12 being abused by a different man.

He appeared in the dock before Sheriff Brian Mohan where he pleaded guilty to permitting or allowing to be taken indecent photographs of children at his address in Paisley between March 24 and May 29, last year.

He also admitted possessing indecent photographs of children between March 24 and July 3, last year.

Defence agent Terry Gallanagh reserved his defence submission until after the court had background reports.

Sheriff Mohan, who placed McCormick on the Sex Offenders’ Register, told him: “There is a common delusion among people that this is a victim free crime.

“Because it involves previously made pictures of children already abused. But your activities only encourage further abuse of children.

“Do not delude yourself that there is no real harm here.”

McCormick was ordered back to court on July 27.