July 8, 2008

‘Google Turned Me into Paedophile’ ; Sex Pervert’s Bizarre Search Engine Excuse


A PENSIONER caught with a stash of child porn yesterday claimed an internet search site was to blame - for helping him find the images.

William Dalgleish, 67, had more than 16,000 indecent pictures and movie clips on his computer when police swooped on his home. He admitted the offence when he appeared at the high court in Glasgow - but his lawyer said he was led astray by Google.

Susan Duff said: "He feels he would not have committed these offences if this information was not so freely available.

"He feels if companies like Google did not provide access to such sites, he would not have committed the offences."

She added Dalgleish had agreed to take part in a sex offenders' programme.

The pensioner admitted downloading and possessing a total of 16,535 indecent photos and clips between December 1 last year and February 12 this year. Police seized his laptop and two hard drives from his home in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, in February.

Paul Kearney, prosecuting, told the court: "He admitted being sexually interested in children.

"He indicated that the bulk of this material related to children - male and female - aged between eight and 14 and he understood that these images were of children being sexually abused."

Police found 15,665 still pictures and 870 films on the laptop and hard drives. More than 700 of them were at the most serious end of the scale used to grade such images.

The court heard that Dalgleish was jailed for two years in 2001 for charges of indecent assault and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register.

Jailing him for 32 months yesterday, judge Lord Brailsford said: "The jail sentence would have been four years, but for your early plea of guilty."

Dalgleish was also ordered to be monitored in the community for four years after his release from prison.

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