Earlston: The man owned and distributed indecent imagery
BACKGROUND Reports were ordered from a Borders man who admitted to possessing and distributing indecent images and videos of children.
Thomas Walker, 42, of Earlston, pleaded guilty to offenses at his Summerfield home between August 2019 and August last year.
Miriam Clark, a prosecutor, said that in July 2020, a child abuse prevention team received reports that the accused may be in possession of indecent images of children.
A search warrant has been granted for his house where he lives with his elderly mother.
This was executed and a laptop was found and Walker admitted that his cell phone would also contain indecent pictures.
During his interview with the agents, he fully confessed that he regularly uses the Internet chat site Kik and that he likes children between the ages of 14 and 15.
The fiscal said: “It got him hooked and he was receiving, viewing and sharing footage using Kik.
“He received and sent indecent images of young children between the ages of eight and 12 in order to receive indecent images of older children.”
After being charged by the police, Walker said, “It is what it is – there’s no point in hiding it. It’s a bad thing, I know.”
After examining his cell phone, 138 images and videos of category A – the most serious – were recovered as well as 76 of category B and 73 of category C.
It was found that Walker had distributed 101 photos and videos including 43 in category A.
His laptop was also examined, indicating that he was interested in young boys and girls with 37 indecent images of videos found, including 10 of category A. ”
Ms Clark said a total of 324 indecent images and videos of young children were recovered and moved for confiscation of the laptop and cell phone.
Sheriff Peter Paterson has postponed the sentence until July 26 for the production of a criminal justice social work report and an assessment of the restriction of liberty order.
He also said Walker would now be subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offenses Act.
The cell phone and laptop were confiscated.