A gas engineer has been jailed for 18 months for distributing videos of child abuse and one film that showed a man violating a chicken.
Sheriff Lindsay Foulis said he had no option but to jail 40-year-old James Small after police found more than 50 hours of footage on his computer.
An investigation revealed that the material had been collected over three years and some of it had been shared over the internet.
Police found a total of 138 videos, the majority of which showed children being seriously sexually assaulted by adults, as well as 28 still images, on Small’s laptop and hard drive.
Officers went to his home in Wallace Place, Longforgan, by Dundee, after receiving infomation that indecent images were stored on his computer equipment.
Fiscal depute Charmaine Gilmartin told Perth Sheriff Court: “He was told all items seized would be sent to the police computer examination and technical analysis unit.
“On hearing this he became distressed and was repeatedly saying: ‘I’m so scared, I’m so scared.’
“He appeared to be panicking and was visibly upset.”
She added that of the 138 videos, 91 were assessed as being at level 4 on the abuse scale and one at level 5, which covers sadism and bestiality.
“That particular video showed a young male having sexual intercourse with a chicken,” she said.
Small admitted being involved in the distribution of indecent images between 1 May 2009 and 14 June 2012 as well as two charges relating to the possession of indecent images during the same period.
Sheriff Foulis said the fact that the offence covered a three-year period, the amount of material found and the evidence that Small shared it with other internet users made a prison sentence inevitable.
He said: “Anyone who views these images could only experience revulsion when they see children being made to perform acts which no child should be forced to carry out.
“In view of the length of the video clips and the fact you pled guilty to making and distributing these items I consider a custodial sentence is appropriate.
“Sentences have to be imposed sometimes not just directed at the individuals concerned, but also to make the appropriate statement to the public.”