December 2018

Fife paedophile jailed after sending child abuse images to new partner

A Methil man who was twice caught with a haul of horrific child abuse images has been jailed for more than three years.

Archibald Smith first appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in September where admitted being in possession of 1187 indecent images of babies and young children.

The 31-year-old, a prisoner at HMP Perth, also pled guilty to having 179 images of extreme pornographic content involving adult females and animals.

The offences took place between June and September 2017 at an address on Lawson Street in Kirkcaldy.

The pervert was bailed while sentence was deferred for background reports but police officers arrested him as he left the court building.

Smith was then charged with distributing indecent images between August 7 and 27 from his former address on the High Street in Leven.

The court was previously told how the sex offender had met a 45-year-old woman online and the pair began regularly exchanging sexual messages and videos on Whatsapp.

But the woman was left horrified after Smith sent her indecent images of children in August and reported him to the police.

Officers seized various devices from him and discovered more horrifying child abuse images.

He was remanded in custody on September 26 before admitting his guilt during a hearing at the same court in November.

Sheriff James Williamson remarked that what started out as apparently “adult, consensual cyber sex soon deteriorated into what has happened before”.

Defence solicitor Martin McGuire yesterday said: “He has found his time in custody fairly difficult. It has had an impact not only on him but also on his direct family.”

Sheriff James Williamson jailed Smith for a total of three years and eight months.

A two year sentence was imposed for distributing the images during the 2018 offence and 20 months for the 2017 possession charges.

The two-year jail term will be backdated to September to reflect the time he has already spent in custody.

Smith was also ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.

September 2018

Fife man caught with bestiality and child abuse images admits guilt

A Fife man was caught with extreme pornographic images on his mobile phone alongside more than 1000 child abuse pictures following a police probe.

Archibald Smith appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court and pled guilty to three charges.

The 31-year-old accepted that between June and September 2017, he permitted indecent images of children to be taken at an address in the town’s Lawson Street.

He also admitted being in possession of the  indecent images as well as having pornographic images which showed adult females engaging in sexual acts with animals.

Fiscal depute Sarah Lumsden told the court: “On September 18 2017, police officers had reason to seize a mobile phone belonging to the accused.

“It was forensically examined and 1187 child abuse images were recovered from a Dropbox account.”

She told how investigators found 230 images from category A, 350 from category B and 607 from category C.

The fiscal depute added that the images featured children of both genders who ranged in age from young babies to early teens.

A total of 179 images were also recovered which showed extreme pornographic content of adult females engaging in sexual activity with a variety of animals.

Defence solicitor David Bell said: “At the time, Mr Smith describes himself as descending into a dark place.

“He started engaging with people in online chat forums with an interest in legal pornography before these offences took place.

“These were items that were sent to him and it’s fair to say that they are generally sent in large batches.

“He accepts that he downloaded the images into his Dropbox where they were recovered.

“He was living with a partner and was continuing to reside there. In due course, that situation ended although he is still in the relationship albeit with difficulties.

“He is in full time employment and now resides in the Leven area.”

Sheriff James Williamson ordered Smith, of High Street, Leven, to sign the sex offenders register and deferred sentencing to allow for background reports.

He will reappear on October 25.