Sep 9 2011 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A PERVERT who uploaded photographs of a teenager’s face super-imposed onto porn on the internet has been jailed.
Robert Lowe will spend a year behind bars after he allowed other perverts to view and download the sick photographs.
The twisted 48-year-old is adamant he didn’t put them on the internet in the first place – but he can’t explain how they got there.
Images of the young girl’s face were taken from her Facebook page and tampered with, before being put onto an adult website, Fabswingers.com.
The young girl was horrified when she received a private message from a stranger through her social networking page asking why she had removed her photo from the x-rated side.
She told her mum what had happened and the pair logged onto Fabswingers.com and discovered that the girl’s image had been super-imposed onto naked and pornographic images of adult women.
Police were called and experts ascertained that Lowe, a contracts manager with a steel company, was behind the scam.
They contacted him and he volunteered to tell them everything.
Officers seized his computer and a USB stick, which contained folders of modified and unmodified images titled ‘re please fake’ and ‘re please please fake’.
Lowe admitted to police that he had been engaging in online chats with people and allowing them to use the images to modify them.
He further admitted it had been going on for months.
Computer experts found 19 separate images of the girl in various galleries and a further nine modified and unmodified photographs on the USB stick.
At Ayr Sheriff Court, Lowe earlier admitted taking or permitting to be taken, indecent photos or pseudo photos of a child at an address in Cumnock between July 16 and September 16 last year.
Defence lawyer Peter Lockhart told Sheriff John Montgomery: “His position has always been that he didn’t create the images but his curiosity got the better of him.
“He effectively downloaded them onto a USB stick and made them available on the internet for others to do with as they pleased.
“He concedes andaccepts this was utterly wrong and utterly unacceptable.”
Sheriff Montgomery, sentenced Lowe, of Gallowhill Quadrant in Coylton, to one year behind bars and two years supervision. He will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.