A pervert was caught with over 1,300 indecent pictures of children, some of which he shared with a group of online creeps.
Ian MacPhail amassed a haul of sick images at his Newport-on-Tay home between October 2007 and October 2017.
A court heard that MacPhail possessed images that showed babies being abused by adult men and was part of a Yahoo messenger group chat that shared indecent pictures.
The 34-year-old came to the attention of the police in October 2017 after the cyber crime unit detected his internet connection was being used to access child pornography.
A search warrant was granted and MacPhail admitted that he had accessed indecent images.
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Officers found a number of messages on a Samsung Notebook laptop and hard drive to other Yahoo messenger users depicting images of child abuse.
Prosecutor Stewart Duncan told Dundee Sheriff Court: “On March 5 2011 a conversation took place between the accused and other users. Videos and files were exchanged a short time later including 14 indecent still images.”
A total of 1,374 indecent images were found, with 454 of those being at the highest level of depravity.
MacPhail pled guilty on indictment to being in possession of indecent images of children between October 2007 and October 2017 at an address on Victoria Street.
He also admitted taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent images of children at the same address between October 2007 and August 2012. A guilty plea was tendered to distributing images of children in the same time period.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence for social work reports until next month and granted him bail. MacPhail was placed on the sex offender’s register.
If you are concerned about what you are looking at online, or the online behaviour of someone you know, you can call the confidential and anonymous Stop It Now helpline on 0808 1000 900 for advice, support and help to stop.
Alternatively, visit the organisation’s website to find out more.