February 2013

Ex-policeman spared jail for downloading child sexual abuse images

A former policeman has narrowly avoided going to jail after he was found to have downloaded thousands of indecent images of children over a 12-year period.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard yesterday that Roy Bruce had been working as a crew health and safety executive manager at chemical manufacturers Roemex Ltd when staff carried out a routine inspection of his internet usage.

After further investigation, they found the 54year-old had downloaded thousands of images of naked children aged between four and 12 on work equipment, t he court heard.

A spokesman for the company said his employment was terminated immediately after the discovery and management at the firm, based at Badentoy Crescent, Portlethen, called the police.

Bruce, who is unemployed, had been working for the company for two years and had previously worked at a number of companies in the health and safety industry for more than a decade.

However, it is understood he started off his working life as a policeman after leaving school and is thought to have served with the Grampian force.

Bruce, whose address was given in court papers as 27 New Street, Stonehaven, admitted downloading more than 2,500 images of children, which t he court heard were mostly of young girls, between September 14, 2000, and March 2, 2012.

He admitted committing the crime both at his home and at Roemex Ltd.

Sheriff Peter Hammond said although the crime had been committed over a long period, the number of images discovered was rel- atively small in comparison to other cases he had seen.

He ordered Bruce to carry out more than 200 hours of work in the community over eight months and placed him on the sex offenders register for three years.