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Indecent images 'on nursery computer', court hears

Police investigating allegations of sexual abuse at a nursery found indecent images on a computer seized from there, a court has heard.

The computer had been donated to the Inverness-shire nursery by Mark Maclennan, 30.

He denies raping a young boy at the nursery and sexually abusing a girl.

A third charge of sexually abusing a three year old boy has been withdrawn by the Crown and Mr Maclennan was acquitted of that charge.

Mr Maclennan, who is on trial at the High Court in Glasgow, also denies abusing a girl when she was aged between 12 and 15 at addresses in Stirling, Dunblane and Dunfermline and possessing indecent images of children.

Deleted folder

Advocate depute Kath Harper, prosecuting, read out a joint minute of facts agreed by the prosecution and defence to the jury.

This revealed that computer experts from the Police Scotland Specialist Crime Division examined the computer, which Mr Maclennan donated to the nursery.

They found a total of 4,673 indecent images and seven indecent videos of children under the age of 16.

The court heard the majority of the images and videos were recovered from within a deleted folder.

Ms Harper said: "Examination of the computer revealed that the user was Mark Maclennan."

The prosecutor added: "The indecent images and videos were on the computer and in the possession of the accused between 22 February 2009 and 29 May 2013.

"The vast majority were of girls aged about 12 to 16, but there were some indecent images of younger children under the age of 10."

A laptop computer was also seized from an address in Stirling where Mr Maclennan has stayed.

Four indecent images of children under the age of 16 were found on the computer, the court heard.

The trial before judge John Morris QC continues.

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