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Perth paedophile banned from using web for 25 years

Graham McLean
Image caption Graham McLean will not be able to use the website until he is 90

A 65-year-old paedophile has been ordered by a court not to use the internet for the next 25 years.

Graham McLean was also banned from owning computers or mobile phones that can connect to the web until after his 90th birthday in 2036.

McLean, from Perth, admitted possessing indecent images of children between July 2010 and March 2011.

The orders were granted after a court heard he had convictions for sexual crimes dating back more than 20 years.

McLean was jailed for 27 months following his latest crimes.

The web ban was part of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo), designed to protect the public from "the risk of serious sexual harm".

The Sopo states: "You will neither own, possess, use, nor have access to, any computing equipment including - for the avoidance of doubt - any mobile telephone capable of accessing the internet."

Computer search

McLean was discovered with images of child sex abuse after an international police investigation.

A raid was carried out on the home of the registered sex offender shortly after he returned from a trip to Thailand. No footage was found on his video camera but images were discovered on his computer.

The 65-year-old had more than 1,500 images of children as young as four. Some showed scenes of brutal sexual abuse by adults.

Fiscal depute Alan Kempton told Perth Sheriff Court that McLean was managed by a police sex offender unit.

"The police regularly visit his home address to carry out risk assessments. During one of these visits the police sought and were granted permission by the accused to check his home computer," he said.

"This revealed child pornography on the hard drive. A quantity of compact discs were also taken possession of. Forensic examination revealed a quantity of indecent images."

'No remorse'

Sheriff Robert McCreadie said he was "satisfied" about the need for the internet and computer ban.

"You are a customer for these images and encourage their production and distribution. Your offending stretches back well over 20 years," he said.

The sheriff told McLean that in light of his record - including convictions for shameless indecency, indecent conduct and possessing indecent images - prison was the only option for him.

He said McLean had shown a lack of remorse and was in denial about his crimes and therefore posed a danger to members of the public.

McLean was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years in 2007 when he admitted a similar charge, relating to 1,200 pictures, at Dundee Sheriff Court.

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