Published: 23/04/2013 17:56 - Updated: 23/04/2013 17:59

Cops catch Inverness man with 15,000 child porn images and videos

Alan Macleod - 'distressing' child porn videos found on his computer.
Alan Macleod - 'distressing' child porn videos found on his computer.

AN Inverness man was caught by cops with of over 15,000 indecent images of children and 790 videos, some of which were described as “distressing”, in his home.

Alan Macleod (46) of Friars Street, Inverness, appeared at the city’s sheriff court today and admitted between July 2008 and August 2010 at his home address having indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.

Procurator Fiscal Alison Wylie said intelligence received by police from another department showed the Macleod’s IP address had been used in relation to indecent images of children. Police searched his home on August 25, 2010.

Macleod was asked if there was any indecent images of children and he said that there were and he got them from the internet.

Ms Wylie said: “He was asked about search terms he used and he gave an answer that was well known in those circles that would give him access to these sites.”

The fiscal said the hard drive that was recovered had “drill holes” in it, but they didn’t go right the way through so the information on it was able to be recovered.

The court heard a total of 12,789 images and a total 461 videos were found, ranging from level one to level five on the hard drive.

She said: “The videos were described as being at the graphic end of the scale, many had sound, which made them more distressing.”

Police also found a computer which contained 1,807 images and 329 videos, again all raging from level one to level five, along with a back-up file which had 584 images on it, bringing the total to 15,220 images and 790 videos.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson deferred sentence on Macleod until May 21 for background reports and placed him on the Sex Offenders Register in the interim.
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