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Child porn ring run from net cafe
Internet cafe
The court heard the porn ring was run from a cafe
A Glasgow student has admitted running an international child porn ring from an city centre internet cafe.

Nicholas Dockray, 31, sent images of children being abused to paedophiles in the US, UK and Europe.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Dockray was traced to the cafe when Croatian police arrested a known sex offender, who was a member of the porn ring.

Sentence was deferred for a risk assessment and Dockray was placed on the sex offenders register.

He had been caught when the police in Croatia found repeated references to a person nicknamed Kinderpix who ran the site.

He was thanking them for posting images and encouraging others to follow suit
Keith O'Mahony
Prosecuting

Kinderpix was eventually identified as Dockray.

The inquiry then spread and after a two-year probe the 389 members of the ring were identified.

They will now be traced and possibly charged with child porn offences.

Dockray, a second-year student studying history and philosophy, admitted distributing or showing indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children and taking or permitting indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

Surveillance operation

These offences were committed in the Easyeverything Internet Cafe in St Vincent Street, Glasgow, between 15 December, 2002, and 15 August, 2003.

Dockray, of Commercial Court in the Gorbals, also pleaded guilty to having indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children at the cafe on 16 August, 2003.

The court was told that police launched an undercover surveillance operation and also examined hours of CCTV camera footage.

Dockray was arrested at the cafe in August 2003. His flat was searched but he did not have a computer.

Danger claim

The court heard that Dockray did have 879 still images and 104 film images of child porn.

Keith O'Mahony, prosecuting, said: "Also found were communications from the accused and other members.

"He was thanking them for posting images and encouraging others to follow suit.

"One of the members complained that the site was not properly protected from detection and the accused told him it was to 'allow new blood in'."

When interviewed by police Dockray claimed he was not interested in having sex with children and he was not sexually aroused by the images.

He said he only got involved because of the danger aspect of it.


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