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Former fiscal and TA soldier given community work for child porn

18 September 2013

A former depute fiscal who went to serve with the Territorial Army in Iraq and Afghanistan has avoided jail after being caught with nearly 15,000 child pornography images on two laptop computers.

Stuart McFarlane was given a community payback order equiring him to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work and to undergo specialist counselling and psychiatric help over three years, when he appeared yesterday at Paisley Sheriff Court.

The images were taken or compiled over a period of about nine months at a property in Eaglesham.

Caught last December, it was said on his behalf that McFarlane had been diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since experiencing front-line action in Afghanistan and had been receiving private counselling in recent months. The court was asked not to "derail the recovery process", which was "significantly advanced".

Sheriff James Spy told McFarlane that he would hold regular reviews and he would face going to jail if there was any breach of conditions.

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