Paedophile nursery worker ‘boasted of sexually abusing children’

A nursery worker bragged about sexually abusing children in his care to other paedophiles that he was peddling child sex abuse images to, a court heard.
Danny Kilburn, 21, was working with children in a Dundee nursery while amassing one of the worst collections of child abuse images and videos ever recovered by police.
He boasted online about abusing a girl in his care and when police raided his home he was found to have more than 11,000 images of children being abused. Kilburn, who was distributing the material for payment, also possessed so many videos it would have taken over 24 hours to watch them all.
On Monday at Perth Sheriff Court, Kilburn, from Glenrothes, admitted being involved in the distribution of indecent images from his former Invergowrie home between January 22 and October 9 2012. He also admitted taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent images of children at his home between September 3 2011 and October 7 2012.
Kilburn had been working at the Oranges and Lemons Nursery in Dundee for over a year when police discovered he was boasting online about abusing a child in his care. The support worker had also previously carried out work experience at the Little People Nursery, Daisies Kindergarten and Buttons and Bows in the same city.
Fiscal depute Carol Whyte told Perth Sheriff Court that police in Tayside acted on the information and traced Kilburn, who used the name Dan Dan online, to his home.
In October 2012, officers raided his house and seized two laptops, three memory sticks and a mobile phone.
Kilburn admitted sharing the indecent material with other people and discussing sexually abusing children with people in chat rooms.
Ms Whyte said: “He could give no explanation as to why he did this other than to say it was for the adrenalin rush he got by doing something he knew was wrong. He denied he had ever sexually abused children in the nursery where he worked. The police inquiry did not find any evidence of such abuse and it seems the accused’s claims in the chat rooms were an act of bravado.”

Parents of children at the nursery were informed by letter that a member of staff had been suspended pending the outcome of a police investigation. Kilburn was then sacked.

Ms Whyte told the court that the police recovered a total of 11,617 indecent images of children and 340 videos with a total running time of more than a day. Among the massive haul were hundreds of images and 16 videos rated as level five — the worst on the scale — and featuring children being sado-masochistically abused by adults.

The court was told that it was difficult to quantify how much of the material had been distributed onwards by Kilburn, but at least 200 images had been sent to other paedophiles.

Kilburn was placed on the sex offenders register and freed on bail pending the preparation of reports. He was banned from being alone with children and using any device which can access the internet.

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