A pervert caught with shocking child sexual abuse images has escaped a jail sentence.
An early-morning police raid revealed Thomas Caldwell’s disgusting collection.
The 35-year-old was caught with Category A movies- showing the most vile type of child abuse.
Ayr Sheriff Court heard at an earlier hearing that Caldwell, of Kyle StreetAyr, immediately admitted that he ‘downloaded some stuff’.
And he blurted out to officers “I don’t get a lot of girls”.
Caldwell admitted being in possession of the indecent material between March 15 and November 6.
And he faced his sentencing last Thursday for his heinous behaviour.
Defence solicitor Tony Currie told Sheriff John Montgomery: “He lost his employment as a direct consequence because of this matter and he’s actually sourced alternative employment.
The Sheriff queried reference made in the reports to one 27-minute long video.
Depute Fiscal Andrew Lazzarin replied: “That’s the one they’ve chosen to describe in detail.”
Steering clear of putting Caldwell behind bars, the Sheriff said: “Quite clearly any offence of this gravity well merits a custodial sentence.
“But my function is to consider if custody is the only option.
“And in your case, involving mitigating and aggravating factors in respect of your offence -I’ve come to the conclusion that the mitigating outweighs the aggravating, and therefore conclude that you could be dealt with by way of a community payback order.
“You will be supervised in the community for three years and it will be a requirement that you will be part of the Moving Forward Making Changes programme.
“You do not approach or speak to a child under the age of 16 unless approved from your supporting officer.”
Caldwell was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and must not access the internet via computer or mobile phone.
He has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
Sick pervert had child abuse films
An early-morning police raid revealed a man’s disgusting collection of child sexual abuse images
Thomas Caldwell, 35, immediately admitted to officers that he ‘downloaded some stuff’.
This turned out to be 18 Category A movies – showing the most vile type of child abuse.
“I don’t get a lot of girls,” he blurted out to officers who raided his Ayr flat .
Caldwell, of Kyle Street, admitted in Ayr Sheriff Court that he had the indecent material between March 15 and November 6.
The police raid put an end to the shop assistant’s perverted viewing of pre-teen hardcore.
Caldwell faces sentence on August 30, after the court has a full risk assessment of his activities. He has been granted bail, and has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.