A leading charity worker has hit out after a former NHS worker caught with a haul of child abuse videos was spared prison.
Andrew Bayne, 55, of Church Street, who worked as a healthcare assistant for NHS Tayside, had more than half a day’s worth of video footage of children being abused stored on his computer.
Bayne – who no longer works for the health service – pleaded guilty to taking or making indecent images of children, and possessing indecent images of children, between July 2013 and November last year.
At Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday, Sheriff Alastair Carmichael imposed a community payback order with three years’ supervision and a requirement for Bayne to take part in a sex offenders’ groupwork programme. He was also placed on the sex offenders register for three years.
The Tele is calling for mandatory jail terms for anyone convicted of a sex crime involving a child through its Our Kids Need Justice campaign – and Laurie Matthew OBE, founder of charities Eighteen and Under and Izzy’s Promise, said such a sentence should’ve been imposed here.
Ms Matthew said: “He should have been jailed. All he received was a slap on the wrist. The law needs to change. These people need to be imprisoned.”
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Ms Matthew’s Eighteen and Under colleague Keiran Watson said he had feelings of “anger, disgust and disappointment” at the sentence.
He said: “If these videos were of the most severe category and show children being abused, then these are real children who are victims here.
“I think a custodial sentence is required.
“I am glad there will be a rehabilitation aspect to the sentence, but he should be jailed.”