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

A man who downloaded more than 10,000 child abuse images and videos by "piggybacking" onto a library's wi-fi network has been jailed for a year.

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.

Cox will be placed on licence for two years following his release and was placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

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."

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

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC said: "I am satisfied there is no alternative to a custodial sentence."

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