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Lossiemouth sex offender admits downloading images of child abuse

By Ali Morrison

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A LOSSIEMOUTH sex offender who began downloading child porn the day after police raided his property and found 282 indecent images on his electronic devices has been told he must get help.

Christopher Nagle was sentenced at Inverness Sheriff Court today, July 22.
Christopher Nagle was sentenced at Inverness Sheriff Court today, July 22.

Christopher Nagle of Ramsay Lane appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court for sentencing almost three years after being convicted of possessing extreme images of teens and toddlers being abused.

He was sentenced then to unpaid community work and unpaid hours.

But Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald heard that on February 6, 2019, Nagle began building up a new collection until a second police raid on September 28, 2021.

Nagle admitted two charges of downloading and possessing a total of 878 still images of 18 videos of child abuse on his mobile phone.

A third of the stills were again of the most obscene with 13 of the videos also in the top category.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told the court that police got a tip off on August 10, 2021 that a Snapchat and an email account were being used to obtain the material.

A search warrant was obtained and executed on September 28, and Nagle's mobile phone was seized.

Defence solicitor Iain Maltman told the court: "He has deep seated issues and needs further psychological help."

Sheriff Macdonald agreed. She told 26 year old Nagle: "If you keep carrying out these offences, there will be a time when you go to jail and you say you don't want to. You will be discovered. It will happen. You need help. You have had it but it is not working.

"So we will try again. But it will be your last chance. You need psychological help and you must take it."

She placed Nagle under three years of social work supervision and on the Sex Offender's Register for the same period. She also ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

In addition, she instructed Nagle to attend appointments as required with the psychological team at Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin.

"This is your chance to stay out of jail." Sheriff Macdonald added.

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