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Sex offender jailed over abuse images at social work office

Dundee Sheriff Court
Image caption Dundee Sheriff Court was told that McLeod must serve the remainder of his original sentence

A convicted sex offender caught with child abuse images at a social work meeting has been given an additional jail term.

Andrew McLeod, 39, was granted automatic release after serving a year for sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl.

Police examining McLeod's phone at the meeting discovered indecent material.

He must now serve the rest of his original sentence and will not be released until at least January 2019.

He was sentenced to a year in prison for the new offence to be served concurrently and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Depute fiscal Saima Rasheed previously told Dundee Sheriff Court that the offence came to light when McLeod told social workers he had been using a social media application on his phone to keep in touch with friends in America.

That prompted public protection officials to impose an extra condition on McLeod, requiring him to hand over his phone for inspection by police on demand.

'Deeply-rooted problem'

Ms Rasheed said: "On 31 March he attended at the criminal justice social work office for a pre-arranged meeting and signed to say he understood the new condition.

"Police asked to examine his phone and he handed it over.

"A cursory examination in his presence revealed indecent images of a child.

"He said he had been coming to show them the images."

The court was told that 83 still images and three videos of child abuse were retrieved from the phone.

McLeod, a prisoner at HMP Perth, admitted a charge of downloading indecent images of children on 31 March this year at Friarfield House, Dundee.

Defence solicitor Paul Parker Smith said: "The expectation is for a custodial disposal with perhaps a supervised release order."

Sheriff Alastair Brown said: "What is disturbing about this case is it is a symptom of a deeply-rooted problem."

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