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Child pictures man gets probation
Celtic Park
Cullen was employed by Celtic for nearly 30 years
A former Celtic photographer who admitted taking pictures of naked young boys has walked free from court.

John Cullen, 49, took children as young as 10 back to a house in Glasgow between January and December 1982 and got them to pose for the camera.

His crime was uncovered in 2002 when cleaners at Celtic Park discovered the pictures in a bag in his store room.

Cullen has been placed on three years' probation. Charity Children First said it was disappointed with the sentence.

Glasgow Sheriff Court had heard workers were sickened when they found the bundles of black and white photos.

This man realises that he has problems in his life and needs the help to address them as soon as possible
Sharon Gardener
Lawyer
Celtic chiefs were immediately alerted and they called police.

Father-of-two Cullen, of Shawbridge Street, Pollokshaws, was then questioned about the 250 pictures.

He confessed to inviting the children to the house, where he took a series of photos.

It is believed the boys were aged between 10 and 13.

Cullen prevented a trial after he pleaded guilty to a charge of lewd and libidinous conduct in March.

It is essential that the offending behaviour is addressed and that offenders are not released back on to the streets
Children First spokeswoman
Sharon Gardener, defending, said: "This man realises that he has problems in his life and needs the help to address them as soon as possible."

Sheriff Susan Raeburn QC told Cullen: "You will be placed on probation, but breach this order and you will be brought back to court, where a custodial sentence will be passed."

A spokeswoman for Children First said that behind every indecent image of a child, there was a real child.

She said: "Children depend on adults to keep them safe.

"It is essential that the offending behaviour is addressed and that offenders are not released back on to the streets to repeat such crimes against children.

"We must show children that they can come forward to tell about their experiences."


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