A paedophile caught with more than 30 hours of footage of children being subjected to horrific sexual abuse was jailed for nearly two years on Wednesday.
Andrew Forbes had a further two years extended sentence imposed and was placed on the sex offenders register for life at Perth Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Fiona Tait told Forbes she had no option but to send him to jail because the vast majority of the 212 videos showed the worst kinds of sexual abuse of children.
Forbes downloaded child rape videos and it took specialist police officers more than a day to watch them and analyse the content. Among the victims were infants and young children.
Forbes, 36, was told that in light of the quantity and depraved nature of the material he had downloaded he had to be sent to prison.
Fiscal depute John Malpass told Perth Sheriff Court that confidential intelligence had been received about child porn being downloaded onto Forbes’ computer.
Mr Malpass said: “A search warrant was granted. Officers conducted a search of the premises and recovered computer equipment and a hard drive.”
Forbes’ Dell laptop was examined and found to have one active user profile in the name “Andy” and within this were three folders of illicit material.
Mr Malpass told the court that of the 589 video files which had been downloaded, 212 of them contained child abuse footage – with the majority of it in the worst category of sado-masochistic abuse.
The prosecutor said 92 files were at level five, 79 were level four, 19 were level three, eight were level two and four were in the lowest category, level one.
The video files had a combined running time of one day, six hours and 56 minutes. They were predominantly level five and involved boys being bound and smacked.
Mr Malpass added: “In the majority of these video clips the children are seen and heard to be in extreme distress.”
Forbes was interviewed by police and admitted downloading the material. Forbes, of Logiealmond in Perth and Kinross, admitted two charges relating to having child porn between March 23 and October 3, 2012.
Solicitor Mike Tavendale, defending, said his client had been abused himself as a child and was living a basic lifestyle in the rural home he shared with his brother.
He said: “In large part these were downloaded at times he was using cannabis and that may also have played a part. It is clear this is a man who has, for many years, been socially isolated.”
Paedophile had ‘days’ worth of child abuse videos
A paedophile was found to have downloaded more than 30 hours of disturbing footage of child sex abuse.
Andrew Forbes, 36, of Logiealmond, was caught after police received confidential information about the nature of the material on his laptop.
Perth Sheriff Court heard that 212 video files of abuse were found, with the majority featuring the worst kind of sado-masochistic abuse.
Forbes was placed on the sex offenders register. He will be sentenced later.
He admitted two charges relating to child pornography between 23 March and 3 October last year.
Fiscal depute John Malpass told the court that confidential intelligence had been received about child porn being downloaded by Forbes.
He said Forbes’ Dell laptop was examined and found to have one active user profile in the name “Andy” and within this were three folders of illicit material.
The prosecutor said 92 of the files found were at level five – the most serious level of abuse, 79 were level four, 19 were level three, eight were level two and four were in the lowest category, level one.
“They were found to be of children – predominantly boys – from infant age to approximately 16.”
He added: “The video files had a combined running time of one day, six hours and 56 minutes.”
Mr Malpass told the court. Forbes was interviewed by police and admitted downloading the material.
Sentence on Forbes, whose address was given as Cottarton Cottage, Logiealmond, was deferred for background reports.