A 68-year-old man caught with images of child abuse told police he didn’t know how old the girls were – “because they were Japanese”.
Officers raided Brian Jacobi’s home on Wishart Place in the city centre and seized two computer towers and other devices containing a total of 143 images of child abuse, 20 of which were in the most severe category.
Eight indecent videos of children were also discovered, adding up to 58 minutes and 42 seconds running time.
Five of these videos were in the most severe category.
Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court: “The images were of female children aged eight to 15 years old.
“There was some duplication of images due to the user cloning and backing up the files, rather than a system error.
“Officers noted the accused is knowledgeable of computers, file sharing software and professional software which can delete internet browsing history and search history.”
File sharing software and professional cleaning software to delete internet history was found on both of the towers seized from Jacobi’s home.
The fiscal continued: “The accused admitted viewing pornography for 10 years and admitted some of the girls involved may have been children but that they were Japanese so he couldn’t tell their age.
“He says he did it to test his libido and denies having a sexual interest in children.”
A memory stick was also found, on which there were duplicate files which officers believe were being used to back up files.
Jacobi admitted taking, permitting the taking or making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children, at his home address, between January 5 2016 and March 26 2018.
Sheriff Alistair Brown said: “Although the number of images are relatively small, there are a number of features in this case which are troubling.”
Sentence was deferred until January 21 for background and social work reports.
Jacobi was placed on the sex offenders register meantime.