Sex offender avoids jail over 1400 indecent images of kids



A Fife man, caught with over 1400 indecent images of children on his computers, has been put on a community payback order. 

Shaun Donley (42), of Lochtybank Cottages, Thornton, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court for sentencing for the child porn offences.

He previously admitted that between 8th March 2013 and 28th November 2016 at his home and elsewhere he was in possession of indecent images of children. 

He also admitted that on 9th March 2013 he distributed or showed an indecent photograph of a child. 

Depute fiscal Sarah Lumsden previously told that court that police had received intelligence about indecent images being accessed and had obtained a warrant to search Donley’s home. 

When the officers told him they were there to investigate if he had been viewing indecent images, Donley replied, “Yes I have done occasionally.” 

Donley later said nothing about the offences when interviewed by police. 

Two laptops were found to have over 1400 indecent images and videos. 

Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a community payback order with three years’ supervision, 225 hours of unpaid work and a 135-day restriction of liberty order. 

He was also made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for five years. Donley will remain on the sex offenders register for the same period.


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