South Scotland

Hawick child pornography man jailed

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Image caption Jackson was found guilty of downloading 2,000 images of child pornography

A Borders factory worker who downloaded 2,000 images showing child sex abuse has been jailed for two years.

Sheriff Paul Wade described the photographs found on George Jackson's home computer as "utterly vile".

He also expressed concern that the 46-year-old, of Cheviot Road, Hawick, was in denial about committing the offence.

Jackson was found guilty by a jury at Jedburgh Sheriff Court of possessing the photographs at his home between March and September 2009.

The court was told that social workers viewed him as a high risk of re-offending.

'Juror ignorance'

In addition to the jail sentence, Jackson was given an extended two-year sentence on his release to ensure he is monitored and was banned from working with children for 10 years.

He was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for five years and his name placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Jackson had continued to deny knowledge of the offence and told social workers that his conviction was "juror ignorance of technology".

However, the trial was told that after acting on information police found 2,000 images downloaded on his own computer including 33 at level four - the second most serious category of child pornography.

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