A retired secondary school teacher, who was caught with more than 22,000 indecent images of children, was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court today.
Roger Moult, 64, of High Street, Montrose, was caught with 22,492 indecent images, the vast majority of which were at the low end of the scale.
Moult, a former principal teacher of computing at Arbroath Academy, was also found to have been in possession of 54 indecent videos of children as well as 35 images and 17 videos depicting extreme pornography.
Moult admitted that between January 8 2005 and March 5 last year, he possessed indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children, at his home address, or elsewhere unknown.
He also admitted that between the same dates he possessed extreme pornographic images of adult females.
Nick Markowski, defending, said Moult described his downloading of indecent images as “an illness or addiction”.
Sheriff Alastair Brown, sentencing, said: “22,500 is a significant number but this is by no means the largest I have had to deal with in this court, even in the last month.”
Moult was given a community payback order with a three-year supervision requirement and was ordered to participate in the Tay Project, which deals with sexual offenders.
He was also placed on the sex offenders register.