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Former Dundee teacher admits new child abuse images charge

Robert Lightband Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption Former teacher Robert Lightband downloaded the abuse images over a nine-month period

A former Dundee history teacher who was sacked in 2002 for possessing child abuse material has admitted a new indecent images charge.

Robert Lightband, 69, was dismissed from Menzieshill High School, and his civic role as Dundee's official organist, for the original offence.

The pensioner downloaded the latest child abuse images over a nine-month period between 2014 and 2015.

He will return to Dundee Sheriff Court for sentencing on 9 February.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told the court that Lightband had one previous conviction for possessing indecent images of children.

John Boyle, defending, said: "He is currently subject to stringent bail conditions regarding his internet use and that is causing him difficulties.

"Before he was charged he did his shopping and banking online and he has had to rely on the goodwill of friends to help.

"He expects there will be press coverage of this case and he would like to keep a low profile so asks that the condition stopping him using the internet is lifted."

Lightband pleaded guilty to a charge of taking or making indecent photographs of children between June 2014 and February 2015.

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael deferred sentence.

He said: "In light of the plea and his previous conviction I will not remove the bail condition."

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