May 2016

Auchterarder man admits possessing indecent images of children

A 79-year-old Auchterarder man has admitted sharing indecent images of children via the internet.

John Sutherland, Milton Crescent, had 182 indecent images and 116 indecent videos of children within his home when it was were searched by police.

Sheriff William Wood also heard on Tuesday that Sutherland had six and a half hours of indecent footage in his possession.

The indecent material was discovered on the pensioner’s PC tower, iPad and on a number of discs found in his home.

Police had searched his house after receiving confidential intelligence that the accused was responsible for uploading numerous indecent images of children to the internet.

The images discovered were of predominantly young males, but also females, aged between three and 16 years.

Depute Fiscal Susan Ruta said there were 169 category C images, nine category B and four category A.

The videos included 29 in category C, 22 in category B and 65 in category A.

Ms Ruta added that the accused had sent three emails showing indecent images with attachments on May 29.

Sutherland admitted that, between March 23 2015 and July 30 2015, at an address in Milton Crescent, Auchterarder, he had in his possession indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children.

He also pled guilty that on May 29 2015, at the same Auchterarder address, he distributed or showed indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children.

Sheriff Wood deferred sentence until next month for reports.