Tayside and Central Scotland

Man downloaded child abuse material on library's wi-fi

A man downloaded more than 10,000 child abuse images and videos by "piggybacking" onto a nearby library's wi-fi network, a court heard.

William Cox told police he did not have an internet connection at his Dundee home and used Charleston Library's instead.

He used the publicly-funded connection to download the material between April and June last year.

More than 2,000 of the images were graded at the most serious level.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told police raided the 59-year-old's Craigowan Road home following a tip-off.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson said that the images found depicted both male and female children aged between a few months and 15-years-old.

She said: "In total, 9,226 indecent images and 1,471 indecent videos of children were recovered across all devices.

"The total run time of the videos was about 102 hours."

'Ongoing problem'

Cox pled guilty to charges of downloading and possessing indecent images of children between April and June, 2015.

Mike Short, defending, said: "Given the nature of the charges there's clearly an ongoing problem for him."

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and placed Cox on the sex offender's register.

She said: "The guidelines suggest this is the kind of case where he might go to jail.

"It is a serious matter."

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