Thousands Of Child Abuse Images Found On Hospital Worker’s Computers
Thousands of child abuse images were found on a hospital worker’s computers. After raiding the home of Scott Wallace, police uncovered a massive collection of more than a million pornographic photos, including images of children.
Though most of the pornography discovered was that of adults, investigators found more than 8,000 indecent images, including photos of child abuse. Close to 63,000 pictures of children considered “concerning” were not pornographic in nature, according to a report by Daily Mirror.
Prior to his arrest, Wallace shared a house with his mother and worked as an assistant technical officer at NHS Tayside hospital. His duties were to deliver medication to wards, including areas where children were being treated.
Police arrested 33-year-old Scott Wallace and charged him with possessing indecent images of children between December 2009 and June 2014.
In court, police officers testified that they found a massive collection of pornographic material in Wallace’s computers, including ten hours of sickening videos of child abuse.
Deputy Vicky Bell described to the court that one image showed “a newborn baby, one with hospital name tags still on its ankle and a clip on the umbilical cord.” She added other shocking child abuse images were of children younger than two months old.
Bell elaborated further on the results of the child abuse and pornography investigation.
“On a hard drive there were 5,861 indecent images of children, and 2,720 on another computer. That was from a total of 370,000 total pornographic images–mostly adult on the hard drive, and 574,000 on the computer. The age range was from newborn to 14 years old and both males and females were depicted.”
Wallace’s defense attorney, Nicola Brown addressed the court saying the following.
“This is a man who was working and subsequently lost his job. Around 0.56 percent of the footage found on his computers was illegal. He’s a man who wishes help and would co-operate fully with the preparation of reports.”
Trial judge George Way is waiting on social work background reports before sentencing Wallace.
After hearing testimony from police and investigators, and following Wallace’s admission of guilt, Way offered his thoughts about the pornographic and child abuse voyeur.
“These are extremely disturbing admissions. He may not be employed where he was but taking into account the employment he had, until I’m satisfied he’s not a danger and that he can be robustly dealt with in the community, I’m not going to allow bail.”
Following his arrest for possessing child abuse and pornographic material, Scott Wallace replied, “Deep apologies, curiosity got the better of me.”
[Featured image via Alan Richardson]