A SEX predator who shot footage of a child victim in indecent acts wearing her school uniform has been jailed for seven years and four months.
Paul O’Neill subjected the girl to months of abuse and rape after grooming her following discussions on sex with her and letting her watch pornographic films on his laptop computer.
O’Neill (48) got the girl, then aged 10 and 11, to perform sex acts and gave her instructions as he filmed some of the videos using his mobile phone.
Police computer experts later found 37 indecent videos of the girl along with a further eight images of the child on his laptop.
But they also discovered that he had been hunting on the internet for images of other children, using searches such as preteen sex and Lolita sex.
He was found to have a file of 17 indecent images of other children estimated to be aged between three and 14, which included sexual activity.
A judge told O’Neill at the High Court in Edinburgh that he had pled guilty to an “appalling” course of criminal behaviour.
Lord Uist said the sex offender had set about grooming his victim before taking part in “disgusting sexual acts” towards the child.
The judge told him that those who corrupted children in this way must expect serious punishment.
O’Neill’s downfall came after another girl went to his victim’s home to play with her friend and found a camera recording video in the bathroom.
She also spotted a mobile phone set to record in the bedroom where the girls were getting changed after she stayed over and concerned revealed what she had seen when she returned home to her mother, who reported it to police.
Police carried out a search at the house where unemployed O’Neill was living and found a camera and computers.
He was detained and during an interview with officers confirmed he had put a camera in the room where the girls would be getting changed for “just a cheap thrill”.
Advocate depute Martin Macari earlier told the court: “He accepted that he had watched pornography on the laptop and that there would ‘probably’ be images of people under 16, including images downloaded from the internet and some he had taken himself.”
He confessed that there would be photos and videos of his child victim in the bath or shower and when asked why he took the footage said: “I don’t know.”
He also admitted carrying out sex acts on the child victim and that she performed them on him.
O’Neill, of Braeside, Keith, admitted oral rape and other sexual offences against the girl between December 2011 and September last year and taking or making indecent photographs of children at a house in Moray.
Mr Macari told the court that during the abuse O’Neill had given the child a sex toy and filmed her with it.
The prosecutor said that while O’Neill had previous convictions for traffic offences, he had never been jailed previously.
Defence counsel David Moggach said O’Neill was offering no excuses for his conduct.
He said: “Looking back on it he says he became something he detested.”
O’Neill was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
The Northern Scot