Published: 24/08/2012 09:30 - Updated: 27/08/2012 11:21

Culloden man caught with over 400 child porn pictures and videos

Bryan Haswell - downloaded child pornography.
Bryan Haswell - downloaded child pornography.

A CULLODEN man downloaded "appalling" child pornography onto a computer at his home.

Bryan Haswell (34) was investigated by police who received reports he had indecent images of children on his computer.

Procurator Fiscal Alasdair Laing told Inverness Sheriff Court when police analysts checked a laptop computer and two hard drives found in his bedroom at his home in Lochlann Road they discovered hundreds of images and video clips of children, both male and female and some as young as a year-old.

"The range of material included graphic video images showing quite appalling crimes inflicted on children," the fiscal told Sheriff Jack Brown.

Mr Laing said when interviewed by officers Haswell was asked if they would find anything indecent on the computers and he replied: "A few not a whole lot. Most of it was just accidental."

The fiscal said on the laptop alone 401 indecent images and 39 video clips were found and more were found on the hard drives.

"It was readily identified that he had been searching images of children," said Mr Laing.

The level of seriousness of the images ranged from level one at the lowest to level five at the highest.

Mr Laing said Haswell claimed he did not recall downloading the images and that they had automatically downloaded. "However he did admit to viewing them ‘out of modest curiosity’."

The children were extremely young children and Mr Laing said they showed graphic sexual activity with adults.

Defence agent Diane McFarlane said she would reserve her plea in mitigation until after reports were received.

Sheriff Brown told Haswell he had pleaded guilty to "extremely serious offences".

In view of the fact he had no previous convictions reports would be needed and he deferred sentence until October 4.

Haswell was placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

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