East Kilbride company director caught with child abuse images avoids jail
A director of an East Kilbride firm who was caught with indecent images of children avoided a prison sentence yesterday.
David Cullen was instead placed under supervision for three years and faces restrictions on his Internet use and contact with children.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that police found child porn on a computer in his office and at his home.
Cullen, 53, of Ramsay Court, Newton Mearns, admitted downloading indecent images between February 2007 and July last year.
The court heard he was a director of Insulam Limited, based in Fairfield Place, East Kilbride. The firm produces plastic and laminate components for a wide range of industries.
Vish Kathuria, prosecuting, said police raided the factory last summer after receiving information that an ip address there was linked to child porn images.
A desktop computer seized from Cullen’s office contained ten photographs and four video clips depicting child sex abuse.
A hard drive found at his home had 16 photos and 251 video clips. More than half of the films were ranked in the most serious category.
The images featured girls as young as five.
Sheriff Thomas Millar said that, having read a “very full” criminal justice social work report, he was satisfied that he could place Cullen on a CPO as an alternative to prison.
He told the accused: “You now appreciate that this is not a victimless crime.
“If people didn’t view these images there would be no need for children to be abused in the first place.
“I’m prepared to impose a lengthy period of supervision. The report makes clear it will be of benefit to you.”
The order means Cullen can’t have access to the internet without the approval of his supervising officer. He must also make any internet device he has available for inspection by the police – that includes work computers.
The sheriff also warned him he must have no contact with anyone under the age of 17 without the approval of his supervising officer.
Cullen will be on the sex offenders register for three years.
Company director, 53, hoarded a vile stash of hundreds of child sex abuse videos
A plastics company director who hoarded a sickening stash of hundreds of child sex abuse videos on his office computer over more than a decade is facing jail.
David Cullen, 53, had his office raided by police after an investigation by the National Online Child Abuse Prevention agency.
Detectives were alerted to the IP address of his computer being used to access graphic photos and videos of children as young as five being abused.
His home in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, Scotland, was also raided and a hard-drive was found where he had stored the material.
All the material was freely available and Cullen had created clearly labelled folders.
Officers found a total of 255 videos with the majority showing abuse of the most extreme level as well as photos of children.
Shamed Cullen appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and admitted a charge of taking or permitting the taking of indecent images of children between February 2007 and July 2018.
Prosecutors told how police had gone to the office of Cullen’s plastics manufacturing firm Insulam Ltd in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire.
Depute fiscal Vish Kathuria said: ‘Information was received by the National Online Child Abuse Prevention agency that the IP address at the locus was being used to access indecent images of children.
‘The accused is employed as a company director of the firm and worked in an office upstairs.
‘Officers attended and recovered a desktop computer and they found there were indecent images of children.
‘A search warrant was later craved for his home address and recovered from within there was a hard-drive in the hallway.
‘The accused was arrested.
‘From a viewing of the recently accessed files on the device it as clear that there were a large number of files indicative of child sexual exploitation with a series of recognised terms for such matters.’
Tom Watters, defending, said: ‘The computer was used to download and then transferred to the hard-drive and taken to the accused’s home.
‘This is a case which will clearly require reports.’
Sheriff Thomas Millar deferred sentence on Cullen until May for reports and continued his bail.