A Perthshire man who admitted having around 2,000 indecent images of children has avoided a jail sentence.
Gordon Simpson, 26, of Smith Lane, New Alyth, pled guilty to making and owning the images which ranged from levels one to five of the COPINE scale.
Investigators discovered a hard drive with 1,706 indecent images, ranging from levels one to five, and a laptop with 242 indecent images, all level one.
They also found another hard drive with 28 indecent images, 27 at level one and one at level four, and a mobile phone with seven indecent photographs at level one.
Fiscal depute Gavin Letford told Perth Sheriff Court that the images were of children aged between three to 10 years, and were predominantly of female children. He stated that in April 2012 a witness residing with the accused opened a 10MB computer file that revealed indecent prepubescent images of children.
A second witness, who was tasked with carrying out repairs on the accused’s mobile phone, also randomly opened an image file where he discovered an indecent photo of a child.
Simpson admitted that between December 2011 and November 2012, at addresses in Alyth and New Alyth, he took or permitted to be taken indecent photos of children. He also pled guilty to having indecent photos of children in his possession.
Sheriff Lindsay Foulis ordered Simpson to complete a community payback order that included 100 hours unpaid work, banned him from being in the company of anyone under 16 for three years and ordered him to participate in the Tay Project program for three years.