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Perth man given internet ban for child abuse images

A 22-year-old man who used online chatrooms to meet people who would send him child sex abuse images has been banned from using the internet.

At a hearing at Perth Sheriff Court, Christopher Paton, from Perth, admitted having 355 indecent images between 26 September 2008 and 27 September 2009.

Sheriff Robert McCreadie deferred sentence until December.

Paton was bailed on condition he has no unsupervised access to devices that can connect to the internet.

The court heard the photographs were found on computers Paton shared with his parents, but could only be accessed by him using personal passwords.

'Bit of a loner'

He also admitted possessing indecent images of children with a view to them being distributed by him or shown to others by him during the same 12-month period.

Fiscal depute Erin Paterson said police obtained a search warrant and on 4 November 2009 found two computer towers, a laptop and flash drives at Paton's family home.

She said: "During interview he admitted receiving indecent images of females via the computer but claimed that any images appeared to be over 16.

"The ages of the children in the images ranged from three to 16."

Some were at the most serious end of the scale.

Solicitor Linda Clark, defending, said Paton described himself as a "bit of a loner" who started using chatrooms to meet women.

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