Bainsford 'loner' had over 7000 child porn images

A middle-aged ‘loner’ with few friends who still lives with his parents was found to have over 7000 child porn images and 162 videos on his electronic devices.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 3:20 pm

Derek Rice (51), of Bainsford, was said to have initially looked up adult pornography and happened on the child porn as a “byproduct” of this.

He appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images and pseudo images of children at his home between May 9, 2010 and November 20, 2019.

Katie Cunningham, procurator fiscal depute, said: “Following information being obtained a search warrant was executed at the address of the accused. It was 7.45am and the accused’s mother was traced within the property.

Rice was found to have over 7000 child porn images and 162 videos on his laptop and other electronic devices

"A search was carried out and a number of items were recovered including a laptop, mobile phone and USB sticks. The accused was arrested and taken to Falkirk Police Station.”

The court heart the number of indecent images contained on the devices totalled 7700 and there were 162 videos many of them on the category A and category C scale, with category A being the most serious level of indecency.

Defence solicitor Dick Sandeman said: “He is a bit of a loner and doesn’t have many friends. He still, at his age, stays with his parents.”

Mr Sandeman said Rice would be looking at adult pornography and happened upon the child porn “by way of byproduct”.

Sheriff Richard Macfarlane adjourned the case over lunchtime to consider his sentence and when he returned he jailed Rice for 12 months. He was also placed on the sex offenders register.

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