A Moray paedophile previously jailed for filming himself abusing a baby has avoided further prison time after admitting to taking a video of another infant and sharing it through Whatsapp.
The Press and Journal reports that Ryan Simpson, of Ontario Court, Elgin, was caught with a number of indecent images and videos of children on his mobile phone, including a film of a baby.
But the 31-year-old was spared jail – because he had filmed the baby around the same time as the original offence.
Had he reoffended after his release, he there would have been “no alternative” to jail.
At Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday, Sheriff George Aikten said there was a “significant attraction in locking him up and keeping him well away from the public” but accepted he could not “just lock him up and throw away the key forever.”