A BID by social workers to have a sex offender moved from his new home has failed.

Newlywed Brian McCallion was found to have more than 5,000 abuse files stored on his mobile phone and a computer in the home he shared with his wife Emma in Renfrew less than six months after they tied the knot.

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The couple married in June 2018 and in December that year it was Emma who answered the door to police when they raided their home, Paisley Sheriff Court heard.

In August last year, McCallion admitted downloading and possessing indecent images of children over a 12-year period, from 2006 until 2018, and also possessing images of bestiality.

The couple left the property in Fulbar Lane and moved to the Inverclyde town of Inverkip.

Last week, when McCallion returned to the dock for a review of his progress on the Community Payback Order (CPO) he was given for the offences, it emerged that social workers were seeking an amendment to its conditions, arguing that he must move home if requested to do so.

However, his solicitor opposed the request, saying McCallion is settled in his new home and was living happily with his wife, who is standing by him.

Sheriff James Spy then blocked the move and continued the CPO for a further review in three months’ time.

McCallion is now set to return to the dock in April.

A court source said the new address McCallion is living at is close to a school, which is viewed as inappropriate due to his offences. 

When McCallion admitted his guilt last year, the court was told a total of 5,492 illegal images were found at his Renfrew home.

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Some featured girls aged between four and 14 being sexually abused by men. 

McCallion was also in possession of “extreme” images which showed “females engaged in sexual activity with dogs.”

As part of his CPO, the 39-year-old was ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work within 15 months and was told he will be supervised by social workers for three years.

McCallion was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for three years and told to attend the rehabilitation programme, Moving Forward, Making Changes which aims to help sex offenders change their behaviour.

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