July 2019

Police found dozens of sick child images on a man’s laptop after raiding his parents’ house

Gary Steedman, of Thurso Gardens, was caught with a number of images – some at the highest levels of depravity – at an address in Tayport in June 2017.

The 30-year-old, came to the attention of police after information was received that indecent images of children had been accessed from a property on William Street.

Depute fiscal Vicki Bell told Dundee Sheriff Court that police attended at the address, the home of Steedman’s parents, where it was confirmed that he was the sole user of a laptop in the property.

She said: “When police attended the accused said ‘when I was younger I had a problem with this’.

The laptop uncovered images, covering all three categories of indecency

Two category A-level videos sowing the rape and torture of children were also found

Search logs on the laptop were also uncovered which showed that Steedman had been searching for indecent images of children.

Steedman was later charged and pleaded guilty on indictment to taking or permitting to be taken, indecent photographs or psuedo-photographs of children at a property on William Street, Tayport, between August 5 2015 and June 26 2017.

Sentence was deferred until August 16 by Sheriff Alastair Carmichael and Steedman was placed on the sex offenders register.