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Former Dundee teacher jailed for child abuse images

Robert Lightband Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption 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 been jailed on 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.

A sheriff said there was "no point" imposing a non-custodial sentence.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Lightband was caught after giving his computer to a technician after it got a virus.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson said: "Search terms were found by the technician relating to paedophile groups.

"Police were called and, when interviewed, Lightband fully admitted downloading the images.

"He also admitted purchasing a pornographic paedophilic novel.

"He said he was attracted to boys aged 12 years and up."

'Concerning' images

The court heard six indecent images were found as well as 2,000 "concerning" images featuring boys in swimming costumes and shorts.

John Boyle, defending, said: "He is honest enough to admit these offences are committed due to a sexual interest in young boys and that treatment is unlikely to change that.

"There are stringent conditions that could be imposed on him in the community."

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

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael jailed Lightband for 145 days, imposed a seven-year sexual offences prevention order with numerous conditions and placed Lightband on the sex offenders register for seven years.

He said: "It seems to me there would be little or no point in imposing a community payback order due to the attitude you have expressed.

"There is no option but a custodial sentence."

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