Airman facing jail over indecent images

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

An RAF airman is facing jail after he admitted having under age girls strip off for him on online chat services from his room at RAF Leuchars.

Chesney Wallbank (23) was caught after he was accused of falsifying documents that would allow him to be involved in the “physical training” of Air Cadets aged 13 and up.

Wallbank had a series of young girls pose via webcams after approaching them via Skype, Yahoo Chat and Windows Live Messenger.

He now faces jail after a sheriff branded the case “worrying” and “troubling”.

Wallbank turned up to court flanked by a commanding officer, and could face being dismissed by the RAF after he is sentenced.

Fiscal depute Vicky Bell told Dundee Sheriff Court: “His room was searched by RAF Police in relation to an internal matter concerning him allegedly falsifying documents in order to allow him to be involved in phsyical training of air cadets.

“His laptop was seized and examination revealed indecent images within.

“The images were found within a temporary storage area used by Windows Live Messenger.

“Chat logs were recovered and show the accused asking for ‘pics’ and asking for ‘pics of young girls 12-13.

“He also asked an unknown person to do their homework naked whilst streaming through a web cam to him and during these chats there appeared to be trading of images.

“A total of 10 indecent images were found. There are comments in the chat logs from girls saying ‘I’m only 14’, ‘I don’t want to do that’ .

“He had not been allowed to do the Air Cadets training due to concerns other than this. It allegedly transpired that he had falsified documents in order to facilitate involvement with cadets and that is what ultimately led to the finding of these images.”

Wallbank, an aircraftman, admitted taking or making indecent images of children between April 21 2011 and June 5 2013.

Sheriff Alistair Brown deferred sentence until June for social work background reports and released him on bail meantime.

He said: “The interest he has shown in the physical training of Air Cadets is worrying.”