November 2019

Renfrew newlywed who downloaded sex abuse images dodges jail term

A NEWLYWED husband who was caught with thousands of images of young girls being sexually abused has been spared jail.

Brian McCallion was found to have more than 5,000 abuse files on his mobile phone and a computer at the home he shares with wife Emma in Renfrew.

The couple married in June last year and Paisley Sheriff Court heard it was Emma who answered the door to police in December when they raided the home.

McCallion appeared in the dock in August this year to plead guilty to the three charges against him.

He admitted downloading indecent images of children over a 12-year period, between December 2006 and December 2018, possessing them over the same length of time and being in possession of bestiality images.

Procurator fiscal depute Keri Marshall told Sheriff James Spy that 39-year-old McCallion was found to have a total of 5,492 illegal images within his home.

The images had been uploaded from the property in Renfrew and officers obtained a search warrant before going there to carry out a search.

Miss Marshall said: “Police officers attended but the accused was not present. The witness Emma McCallion provided access to police.

“The accused arrived home a short time later. A Samsung mobile phone was seized from the living room, which the accused indicated belonged to him. A Compaq computer unit was seized from the bedroom and the accused stated it belonged to him.”

Indecent images recovered from the devices featured girls aged between four and 14 being abused by grown men. There were also images of women having sex with dogs.

After hearing that McCallion was plagued by “deep-rooted psychological difficulties due to childhood trauma,” Sheriff Spy had called for background reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing.

When McCallion returned to the dock last week to learn his fate, he was spared prison.

Instead, Sheriff Spy placed him on a Community Payback Order that will see him carry out 300 hours of unpaid work over the next 15 months.

He will also be supervised by social workers for three years and has to attend the Moving Forwards, Making Changes programme, which helps sex offenders change their ways.

McCallion was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for three years and has to return to court in December for a review of his progress.

September 2019

Fiend who hoarded child sex abuse movies facing jail

A pervert who hoarded horrific images of girls as young as four being sexually abused has been warned he is facing jail.

Brian McCallion, 39, was also caught with vile material showing women having sex with dogs when police swooped on his address.

Newly wed McCallion, who only married his wife in June last year, was rumbled barely six months later with more than 5,000 indecent images and videos featuring the sexual abuse of mainly young girls and extreme pornography depicting bestiality.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard it was his wife who answered the door when police armed with a warrant went to the address in Renfrew at around 8am on 19 December.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Keri Marshall said: “In November 2018, the Public Protection Unit of Police Scotland received information that, on May 2, 2018, category C indecent images of children had been uploaded on to the KIK messenger app.

“An Android device, which had been used, was traced via an IP address to a property in Renfrew

“Police obtained a warrant which was executed at 8am on December 19. A number of police officers attended but the accused was not present.

“His partner permitted access to police.

“ A short time later the accused arrived.

“A Samsung mobile phone was seized from the living room. The accused indicated it belonged to him.

“A Compaq Processing Unity was seized from the fourth bedroom. The accused stated it belonged to him.

“Initial examination revealed category C images were present and the accused was arrested and taken to Helen Street Police Office.”

The prosecutor told the court the Cyber Crime Unit’s analysis of the devices revealed there were 5,470 indecent images on the Compaq device, and 22 on the Samsung mobile.

A breakdown of the Compaq revealed 521 were category A, the worst classification, 141 were category B and 4,808 were category C.

The court heard an example of the category A material involved two girls aged around eight involved in sex acts while facing a camera.

Analysis of the Samsung phone showed there were 22 images, with four at category A, four at category B and the remaining 14 at category C.

An example of the category A material featured a girl aged between four and six being abused by an adult male.

The court heard “extreme pornographic” moving images recovered from the Compaq, “depicted females engaged sexual activity with dogs.”

McCallion pleaded guilty to charges of taking or permitting to be taken indecent images of children, possession of these indecent images and possession of extreme pornographic images depicting bestiality between dates 6 December 2006 and 19 December 2018.

Sheriff James Spy placed McCallion on the Sex Offenders’ Register and warned him he is likely to be jailed.

He said: “This is a very serious matter. Uppermost in the court’s mind is a custodial sentence given the nature of the charges.”

He was released on bail and will learn of his fate when he returns to court on October 9.