Man jailed for ‘record’ child porn

Steven Perrie (picture by Paul Reid)

More than 400,000 images were found on Perrie’s computer

A man has been jailed for two years after being caught with what is thought to be the largest haul of child pornography ever found in Scotland. Steven Perrie, from Falkirk, had more than 403,000 indecent images and almost 16,000 video clips on his computer. Sheriff Norrie Stein said the case warranted a 10-year sentence – but could not impose one because the offences pre-dated new legislation. At Arbroath Sheriff Court, Perrie, 37, admitted making indecent photographs. He had pleaded guilty to making the images between May 1999 and December 2002. Perrie was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and given a further one-year supervised sentence on his release. The outcome of the case was welcomed by Tayside Police.

It defies human conduct to be appreciative of these images
Hamish Watt
Defence lawyer

Officers spent four weeks sifting through the photographs, having to take regular breaks because of the upsetting nature of the images. Perrie was caught in the international Operation Ore crackdown on child pornography. The court earlier heard that his credit card details were found after Texas-based Landslide Productions was investigated by the FBI. When police went to Perrie’s home in December 2002 he admitted having been in possession of child pornography. He told officers that the images were for his own use. Fiscal Brian Dell said Tayside Police had told him that it was the largest collection ever found in Scotland. Seek help Police said it would have taken years to amass such a number of images. Defence lawyer Hamish Watt told the court that his client wanted to seek help for his crimes. “It defies human conduct to be appreciative of these images,” he said. Mr Watt also told the court that Perrie had been abused by an elderly person as a child.

The children are real, the abuse is real and the destructive effect on young lives is real
Detective Superintendent Colin McCashey

“Following that his life has been blighted,” he said. “He came into contact with other children and his interest in pornography established itself.” Detective Superintendent Colin McCashey, of Tayside Police, said the force had made a “significant investment” in technology to examine computer systems and retrieve evidence of criminal activities. He said: “Some may believe that the viewing of child pornographic images is a victimless crime. “Nothing could be further from the truth. As this case demonstrated, the children are real, the abuse is real and the destructive effect on young lives is real.” Officers involved in the investigation found it to be extremely upsetting and harrowing at times, he added.

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