Traffic officer Alan Mitchell avoids jail after storing a sick haul of images at his family home for over four years.
Will the police once again claim “there’s bound to be a few bad eggs”? How many times can they say that? The list is going to need updating sooner than I thought.
Alan had admitted breaking Section 52A(1) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 by being in possession of "indecent photographs, or pseudo photographs of children." The 47-year-old father pleaded guilty in a hearing last month and has since resigned from the force.
During sentencing yesterday (25th March), defence solicitor Ian Gillies claimed "he is living with his parents" and "social work hope, eventually, for Mr Mitchell to have contact with his children under supervision."
Sheriff Scott Pattison told Mitchell he was being spared prison "by the slimmest of margins, given the seriousness of the offence."
Pattison said: "I'm willing to deal with this matter by a number of non-custodial options."
He placed Mitchell on a three-year-long Community Payback Order, ordering him to be supervised by social workers for that length of time.
The judge ordered Mitchell to be electronically tagged for 10 months with a curfew by which he has to remain within his parents' home in Prestwick between 7pm and 7am.
Mitchell was ordered to attend a programme that claims to 'help sex offenders change their ways', is allowed internet access on a device that authorities might monitor, can move house after a risk assessment, is allowed contact with people under the age of 18 if it's approved by his social worker, and was given 18 months to complete 300 hours of unpaid work.
It can be assumed beyond reasonable doubt that the police officer was masturbating over these sick files, or at least enjoyed the feeling of power it gave him when he looked at his sick hoard of images in the family home he shared with his wife and children.
There is no confirmation that investigations into Mitchell's previous policing are being conducted.
It's also good to know how concerned the police are in general:
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We are aware of the outcome of the case.
The individual is no longer a serving officer."