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50,000 child porn pictures, man jailed

Date: September 25, 2005
Source: dailyrecord.co.uk


A pervert teacher who downloaded child porn was jailed for 13 months yesterday. Gerard Gray, 51, was trapped by a US investigation into paedophiles using child sex sites.

He had downloaded 50,000 sickening images - and suggested to the site webmasters their young models should be dressed in school uniforms.

The US investigators identified 46 people in the Strathclyde area who had accessed sites by giving their credit card details.

Art teacher Gray, of Hillend Crescent, Clarkston, Glasgow, had worked as a teacher for 24 years.

His most recent job was at Bannerman High School in Baillieston, Glasgow.

Paisley Sheriff Court was told yesterday Gray was arrested last June and his computer was seized.

When questioned by police, he admitted having an interest in young girls, saying he preferred thembetween 12 and 14Poses Police located around 50,000 images on Gray's computer, most of which involved girls in provocative poses.

But around 500 showed sexual activity between adults and girls.

Edith Forrest, prosecuting, said Gray had even suggested to bosses of the sites that they would be more popular if the girls involved wore school uniforms.

She added: "In one email, he told them they could be ordered from Williamwood, Eastwood and Mearns Castle high schools in Glasgow."

Ms Forrest said Gray had requested the models should be "dressed in UK-style school uniforms as that would make the site more popular in the UK, Japan and beyond".

Gray admitted taking or making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children or permitting them to be taken at his home on various occasions between December 6, 2003 and June 3, 2004.

He denied distributing indecent images or being in possession of them with a view to distributing them or showing them to others and this was accepted by the prosecution.

A background report on Gray said he suffered from an obsessive compulsive disorder.

Jonathan Manson, defending, asked for his client to be placed on probation as it would be possible to work with him to ensure he did not re-offend.

But Sheriff Neil Douglas said the number of images involved and their content placed the offences at the upper end of the scale.

He told Gray: "The only way that this form of abuse can be brought to an end is if it is made clear that a custodial sentence follows
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