Lee West jailed for sharing child abuse videos online
A man who made more than 11 hours of videos of child sex abuse available online has been jailed.
Lee West, 30, from Perth, made the videos - featuring children as young as four - available to other users on a file sharing website.
He was caught as part of Operation Alba conducted by the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.
Sheriff Fiona Tait jailed him for 15 months and placed him on the sex offenders register for ten years.
She also ordered that he be placed on supervision in the community for 12 months following his release from prison.
Fiscal depute Carol Whyte told Perth Sheriff Court: "Intelligence indicated that the accused was involved in file-sharing, downloading and accessing indecent images of children.
"A search warrant was executed and a number of items were recovered including a laptop.
"It was examined and they recovered 437 moving and still images depicting child abuse.
"There were video clips with a total running time of over 11 hours. They were from level two to level five. They showed girls aged from four to 17."
She said the computer showed that West had deliberately made the 21 videos available for sharing on the internet with other paedophiles.
Unemployed business administrator West admitted having indecent images at his home between 6 and 29 March last year.
He also admitted having the images and videos with a view to them being distributed or shown by him or others during the same time period.
Solicitor Gary Thompson, defending, said: "He did not make any active effort to distribute them, but he is aware of the way a bit torrent site works in that they may be shared."