August 2023

Paedophile DJ who has found with child abuse images again

A former well-known Manchester DJ has avoided jail after being caught with indecent images of children breaching a court order.

Scot Reedy, 36, had previously been before the courts for similar offences when he was sentenced to a suspended prison term in February 2021.

Along with the sentence, he was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which stated he must inform his offender manager of any devices he owns that are capable of accessing the internet.

However, during an unannounced visit from Greater Manchester Police, officers found twelve devices, with one containing computer-generated indecent images of young children.

Appearing at Manchester Crown Court today (August 14), Reedy admitted to breaching the order and was sentenced to a community order.

Brendan O’Leary, prosecuting, told the court that on September 5 2020, Reedy appeared before Tameside Magistrates in relation to offences of possession of indecent images of children. He was sentenced for those crimes on February 15, 2021, to a 16 month jail term which was suspended for two years, and ordered to complete the Horizon programme, which is delivered to male sex offenders who are at risk of reoffending.

He was also handed a SHPO to run until February 2031, with a number of conditions including that he must inform his offender manager of any devices that can connect to the internet.

“On March 23 of last year, the offender manager from GMP’s Sex Offender Manager Unit along with another officer attended his home address to conduct an unannounced visit to assess the defendant’s behaviour in the community,” the prosecutor said.

“Found on the defendant’s phone were photos which were prohibited. As the phone was seized, the defendant said: ‘I can prove to you I didn’t download them on purpose’.”

The phone was examined, and officers found 330 inaccessible prohibited images of children, along with social media searches for indecent images which took place on one day in December 2021.

The searches included ‘paedo bait’, ‘minor NSFW’, ‘incest’ and ‘IRL shota’. The court heard that ‘shota’ is a term used to describe sex between a child and an adult.

Reedy was arrested, and a further 12 devices were recovered, each capable of accessing the internet. They also found a ‘childlike’ sex doll in his possession, for which he was not subject to prosecution.

He was said to have three previous convictions for 16 offences including for making indecent images of children.

Sentencing, Judge Elizabeth Nicholls said Reedy had served the equivalent of a 10 month sentence in custody whilst waiting to be sentenced, and there would be ‘greater protection to the public’ if dealt he was with in the community.

“It will be hard to find anyone who will take a risk that I have today, in the hope that you will be rehabilitated or that you will be able to manage the addiction that you currently have,” she said.

“You have cooperated well with the course in the past, and the probation service are satisfied you can be sentenced in the community.”

Reedy, of Meadowgate Road, in Salford, was sentenced to an 18 month community order, 25 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and 130 hours of unpaid work.

He previously pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited image of a child, failure to notify with the requirements of the Sex Offences Act and breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He remains under the terms of the Sex Offenders Register and Sexual Harm Prevention order for 10 years.