Registered sex offender caught printing indecent images of children at a Bedford library

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Charge/Arrest Bedford Bedfordshire Police

A registered sex offender has pleaded guilty to making and possessing indecent images of children after being caught printing the material in a Bedford library.

Appearing at Luton Crown Court on Friday (14 June), Derek McGillivary, 45, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to:

  • Four counts of making and possessing indecent images of children
  • Breaching his sexual harm prevention order (SHPO)
  • Breaching notification requirements relating to the sex offenders register

McGillivary was arrested after going to the library on 13 June to print out indecent images of children. A member of staff spotted him and alerted the police.

He was identified by the details on his library card and arrested. Officers then found the images ripped up and discarded in a bin.

McGillivary is on the sex offenders register after having recently been released from a 20-month prison sentence for making and possessing indecent images of children.

A few months earlier police seized his phone and found he had over 100 indecent images of children on it.

PC Jaime O’Leary, from the force’s Offender Management Unit, said: “McGillivary had already been convicted and sent to prison for the same crime so he clearly hasn’t learnt his lesson and is still offending.

“He has not only breached his SHPO, but he was brazen enough to print these vile images in a public place where staff and members of the public were at risk of seeing this hideous material.

“We have a dedicated team committed to apprehending criminals, like McGillivary, and I hope his punishment reflects the severity of his actions.”

McGillivary has been remanded in custody and is due for sentencing on 5 July.

Bedfordshire Police say they are working closely with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation to tackle and prevent child sexual abuse.

They recommend adults visit the Parents Protect website, run by the Lucy Faithfull foundation, where parents can access resources to help prevent child sexual abuse.

The site also contains a list of organisations and resources focusing on keeping children safe in the digital world.

The NSPCC also have similar resources on their Share Aware website, as well as advice and tips about how children can keep themselves safe online.

To report concerns about child sexual abuse, contact police on 101.