Date: April 19, 2005
Source: Computer Crime Research
Center

child/child11.jpg A former cop has been unmasked as a bisexual with a sordid fascination
for child porn after a US crackdown exposed his name and led to his home in
Dumbarton being raided.

Alexander McLellan, 40, formerly of Crosslet
Road, Dumbarton, and now of Nitshill, Glasgow, was caught with 8000 images on
his home computer and associated CDs when police pounced and seized equipment in
June last year. Paisley Sheriff Court was told that, acting on information from
the American authorities, checks were carried out on various individuals in
Strathclyde who used credit cards to download sickening
images.

Subsequent investigations revealed that McLellan had trawled the
web looking for sites containing child porn involving young males between just
six and 15 years.

He had given two CDs the names of well-known bands to
disguise the content but officers found they had been used to store material
involving child abuse. Several were at the top end of the scale in terms of the
serious nature of their content.

McLellan pleaded guilty to taking or
permitting indecent photos or pseudo photos of children to be taken or made at
his former home in Dumbarton between December 5, 2003 and June 2, last
year.

Defence agent Jonathan Manson said his client was employed by the
police service for a period of time and was a man of good character. He told the
court: “He is a bisexual and his wife knows about this and knew about it when
they were married.”

He said that, in those circumstances, he took the
view that this was the best way to satisfy his own sexual needs. “It was for his
own sexual gratification,” he added.

Sheriff Pender deferred sentence
until May 20, calling for background reports, a community service assessment and
a report from the Clyde Project which deals with sex offenders.