A man who downloaded some of the worst possible indecent images of young boys faces a lengthy jail term.
Ian Wilson, 56, pled guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court this week to a child pornography offence, and to carrying an offensive weapon in public.
The court heard that between February 10 and March 27, 2015, Wilson took or permitted to be taken indecent photographs of children. The offence happened at his then home in Glenacre Road, Cumbernauld.
Wilson was then caught by police in Tesco Store car park, Tryst Road, Cumbernauld, carrying a knife. The offence happened on March 29, last year.
Prosecutor Julie O’Hara told the court: “He was bailed on March 30, last year, with the condition that he did not use or have any access to the internet or any devices capable of using the internet. He was also banned from being in unsupervised contact with any children under the age of 16.
“On March 27, last year police attended at his then home in Cumbernauld. On viewing his mobile phone, members of the Cybercrime Unit found numerous pictures of pre-pubescent topless children. The search continued and they found indecent images of children on his Acre laptop. A full forensic examination was carried out and they found 127 still or moving indecent images of children. They were of boys aged between seven and 14 years of age, some of them being sexually assaulted by adults. There were three moving images found, including one of an eight year-old boy being sexually assaulted by an adult male.”
The court then heard that he was found in the car park at Tesco’s in Cumbernauld town centre with a locked knife in his pocket.
Defence lawyer Ian Smart said that he would reserve any comments he had to make until after reports had been obtained.
Sheriff Morag Galbraith called for a full range of reports, including a criminal justice social work report, a restriction of liberty order report and a risk assessment as to the danger he poses to young children.
The sheriff told him: “I call for the restriction of liberty order report without prejudice as to what I may ultimately do when you return for sentence.”
Sentence was deferred until next month. Wilson, who has since moved to Hutchison Place, Coatbridge, was released on bail and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register.