A child rapist who filmed his horrifying abuse of victims and made videos of it for others to watch was jailed for 10 years today
Robert McGregor preyed on youngsters he groomed and exploited for 13 years after he was caught with a cache of child sexual abuse images by police which led them to identify three victims he had sexually assaulted .
In video footage McGregor was seen raping one distressed boy who was saying “no” and “don’t” as he was preyed on by the paedophile.
McGregor (36) also took footage of a three-year-old with his nappy undone as he raped the vulnerable little boy who had no speech.
He also recorded footage of a victim almost being physically sick after he perpetrated a sex act on the boy whom he subjected to years of abuse.
A judge told McGregor: “Your sexual offending is of the most serious and appalling nature.”
Lady Carmichael pointed out that the predator had formed relationships with families in order to gain access to children who he then subjected to abuse. She said that McGregor’s youngest victim was “extremely vulnerable”.
The judge said that the material recovered in the case not only demonstrated what he had done but that he had persisted in it despite the obvious distress of victims.
Lady Carmichael told McGregor that she would have jailed him for 15 years but for his early guilty pleas to the catalogue of offences.
The judge also ordered that he be kept under supervision for a further five years on his release.
Lady Carmichael said she was not satisfied that the risk criteria were met for imposing a life sentence on McGregor under an Order for Lifelong Restriction.
One man branded McGregor an “animal” as he was led off to start his sentence.
The child abuser’s home in Inverness, was raided by police in May last year and laptops and other items were seized for analysis.
A relative of the primary-age boy said: “The police say there are unidentified victims, so maybe publishing his picture will bring others forward.”
McGregor planned it all. Slowly, carefully, deviously, he wormed his way into the family’s trust until they thought it was safe to leave him alone with the child.
Then he raped the boy, just as he raped two others.
McGregor filmed rapes so he could enjoy them again later and shared video of his abuse of one victim with other paedophiles around the world.
Advocate depute Jo McDonald said a search warrant was granted to police after intelligence was received from the National Online Child Abuse Prevention Agency.
More than 2000 indecent photos and 899 videos were recovered many of which were found to contain material at the most extreme level of abuse.
The prosecutor told the High Court in Edinburgh: “Some of the images showed children who appeared to be as young as 12 months old.”
Some of the videos were found to feature McGregor raping and sexually abusing three victims who were later identified by police.
In one case officers produced stills of a child from video footage and images were shown to a staff member at an Inverness school who identified the boy. They traced the ex-pupil and the man broke down when they asked if he had suffered abuse from McGregor.
McGregor had uploaded five videos to a peer to peer internet app which allowed others to view the footage of his abuse of one of his victims.
Police computer experts found that the files had been accessed by users in America, Germany and in the Czech Republic.
McGregor, a delivery driver, made an initial court appearance charged with possessing indecent images of children and was freed on bail but was then assaulted.
Following further police investigations it became possible to identify one of his victims and he appeared again in court facing further charges, including child rape. Bail was then refused by a sheriff.
McGregor subsequently pled guilty to six offences when he appeared at the High Court admitting three charges of raping three boys, sexually assaulting one youngster, making indecent photos of children and distributing or showing indecent photos.
His sex assaults on children spanned more than a decade between 2001 and 2014 and all the attacks occurred in the Inverness area.
His youngest victim was aged just three.
Another boy was subjected to nearly a decade of abuse from the age of six and the third child victim was 12 when McGregor assaulted him.
The child sexual abuse images and movies offences took place between 2011 and March last year.
The advocate depute said that McGregor’s offending had had a profound effect on some victims. She said that the scale and nature of his crimes has “scarred families for life”.
– Story sourced from the UK Database –