Sex offender jailed after printing child pornography at Bedford library

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Luton Crown Court
Luton Crown Court

A man caught printing child pornography in a public library was jailed for two years today (5 July).

As reported in the Bedford Independent last month, Derek McGillivary was caught printing off eight photos by staff at Bedford Central Library.

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

Staff at Bedford Central Library in the town centre couldn’t believe their eyes as they passed by Derek McGillivary to see him printing off the eight photos.

Today at Luton Crown Court, the 45-year-old, who had only been out of prison for a matter of weeks for a previous offence of possessing indecent images, was sent down for two years.

McGillivary admitted making indecent photos of a child, possessing an indecent image, breach of a sexual harm prevent order and failing to comply with a notification requirement as a registered sex offender.

The court was told how on 30 April this year, following his release from prison, McGillivary was visited by police at the night shelter on Clarenden Street, Bedford where he was living.

His mobile phone was examined by the officer and it was discovered McGillivary had installed a “cleaning” application on the device.

By installing the app which was intended to hide his internet activity, McGillivary was in clear breach of a sexual harm prevention order he was subject to.

When the mobile was further examined, indecent images of children were discovered, said prosecutor Daniel Kersh.

The images included three category A images, the grade given to the very worst child sex abuse material.

Eight were of category B, the next grade down and 100 were at Category C.

Derek McGillivary
Derek McGillivary

The court was told that on 13 June this year, police were called to the library by staff who were concerned by the material they had seen McGillivary printing off.

Judge Richard Foster hearing the case was told that the defendant had also failed to notify the police that he was of no fixed address on two occasions following his release from prison, as he was required to do.

Mis Pree Brada defending said her client felt he hadn’t received the “appropriate” help during his last spell in prison.

Judge Foster jailed him for two years and made him the subject of a fresh sexual harm prevention order to run for the next 10 years.