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Child abuse images man faces jail

Forfar Sheriff Court
Image caption Adam Morawski will be sentenced at Forfar Sheriff Court in August

A man caught with more than 28,000 child abuse photos and videos claimed he accidentally downloaded them, a court heard.

Adam Morawski, 41, of Montrose, told police he had tried to delete the files and said they "weren't naked children".

But when police searched his computer they found 15,226 indecent photographs and 13,314 indecent videos of children.

Morawski was placed on the sex offenders register and will be sentenced in August.

Forfar Sheriff Court was told that police confronted Morawski at his workplace after finding the material.

He told them: "It is possible. I found pictures on the internet.

"They weren't naked children, but I turned off straight away.

"I found some pictures while I was looking for movies. It was about two months ago."

No explanation

The court was told that Morawski claimed he had tried to delete a file when he realised it contained child abuse material but that it was too large to do so.

Morawski claimed he had only accessed the indecent images on two occasions but could not provide an explanation for creation dates of the images.

The court was told that the total running time of the videos was over two days long.

Depute fiscal Trina Sinclair said an investigation showed Morawski had used internet search terms well known for showing indecent images of children.

Morawski admitted possessing child abuse material between April 2013 and August 2015.

Defence solicitor Ian Flynn said: "I've explained to him that prison is a likely outcome in this case."

Sheriff Pino di Emidio deferred sentence for social work background reports and released Morawski on bail.

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