Tayside and Central Scotland

Perth man shared hundreds of indecent child images, a court is told

A Perth man who told police they would find "stuff" on his computer posted nearly 2,000 indecent images of children online, a court has been told.

At Perth Sheriff Court, Stuart Fraser admitted that on 14 November 2011, he was in possession of indecent images of children.

He also admitted distributing or showing indecent images between 29 June 2007 and 6 December 2007.

Sentence of the 50-year-old was deferred until 9 May for reports.

Fiscal depute Keith Robertson told Perth Sheriff Court: "During the course of September 2011, confidential information came to the attention of Tayside Police in Perth, indicating that the accused had been sending and receiving indecent images of children by means of an internet connection.

"A warrant was sought and granted for the accused's home address. The accused was within the house with his partner when the police executed the warrant.

"He agreed to attend at the police station on a voluntary basis. He stated to police that they would find 'stuff' on his computer."

Most serious images

Mr Robertson added: "He agreed he had distributed images to others and had received images through internet chat rooms.

"When asked about the ages of children involved, he stated 'I don't know - 9 or 10 upwards, maybe younger'."

The court was told that Fraser had 2,280 video files in categories four and five, the most serious on the definitive scale.

He also had more than 2,600 still images and had distributed almost 2,000 of the files to other internet users through chat rooms.

Mr Robertson said: "Examination of the accused's chat log file showed that between 29 June 2007 and 6 December 2007, he had distributed 1,904 images of children.

"These files showed images of children between the ages of four and 14 years at level 5 on the definitive scale."

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