November 2017

Former Moray councillor admits child abuse images charge

A disgraced former Moray councillor has admitted possessing naked photographs of children.

Sean Morton, formerly of Lhanbryde, has pleaded guilty to keeping pictures of girls, possibly as young as 10, on his laptop.

Police also found images of adult men and women engaged in sexual activity with dogs.

The former Labour councillor was ousted from the council chambers in May’s election after the allegations first emerged in December last year

Following his defeat in the vote, the 36-year-old described the charges as a “smear on my reputation” in a social media post.

But yesterday he admitted a charge of possessing extreme pornographic material depicting adults engaging in sexual activity with animals between November 8 and 29, 2013, and a charge of “taking or permitting to be taking” indecent photographs of children on November 11, 2013.