Edinburgh hero cop resigns in shame after being exposed as sharing vile images of child abuse creeps into sordid online chats with pedophiles
A PERVERT police officer admitted to sharing disgusting photos of child abuse online with other pedophiles.
Liam Roberts was caught with hundreds of appalling images when officers raided his home last year.
Roberts – who resigned from the Scottish Police Service this week – was found to have uploaded images considered to be on the worst end of the spectrum.
And when the disgraced agent’s computer was scanned, it became apparent that he had had sordid online conversations with other attackers.
Investigators also discovered that Roberts had sent two images from his gruesome collection to other paedos during the talks.
Roberts, from Fernieside, Edinburgh, admitted to possessing indecent images of children at his home between April 22, 2011 and October 12 last year, when he appeared today in the dock of the capital sheriff’s court.
He also pleaded guilty to distributing indecent photos to others between March 10 and September 27 last year.
Tax MP Melanie Ward told the court that police went to their colleague’s home with a search warrant in October last year.
Ms Ward said: “The accused is a serving police officer with the Scottish Police Service and has eight years of police service.
“In October last year, police received information about an internet address that downloaded indecent images of children and that address was assigned to the home address of the accused.
“He shares his home address with his partner and in October of last year, officers found him there. He granted them entry to his home and was asked about his Internet connection and his computers.
“When asked if he had indecent pictures of children on his computer, he replied ‘Not that I can think of, no – I don’t know what to say to that.’
The police then seized his computer equipment and the 35-year-old policeman was subsequently arrested and charged.
The IRS told the court that a total of 874 images were found on Roberts’ computer equipment – including 18 Category A photos.
Ms Ward added: “Upon analysis it appeared that he had engaged in online conversations with others, discussing their image preferences and on two occasions he handed out Category C images. to others. ”
Defending Lena Doherty said her client was a serving officer at the time of her offense, but her post with the Scottish Police was terminated this week after offering her resignation.
Ms Doherty added: ‘He has resided at his home with his partner for six years. He was a serving police officer with the Scottish Police and is a first time offender.
“The images were uploaded while he was viewing pornographic websites as shagle com reports and searching for images of adult women.