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Disgraced teacher jailed for child abuse letter to prisoner

Robert Lightband Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption Robert Lightband freely admitted downloading child abuse material on his release from jail

A disgraced teacher who posed as a lawyer to send a letter describing child abuse to a prisoner has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Robert Lightband wrote "legal correspondence" on the envelope of the 12-page document to Jason Jordan to avoid prison staff opening it.

A court heard the letter contained "graphic and distressing" descriptions of the abuse of children.

The 70-year-old was placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

A sheriff also imposed a 10-year sexual offences prevention order on Lightband, who was sacked from Dundee's Menzieshill High School in 2002 for possessing child abuse material.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told that Lightband had "acquainted" Jordan in Perth Prison's sex offender unit after he was jailed for four months on a separate indecent images charge last year.

After his release, Lightband sent the letter to Jordan, pretending it was legal correspondence from "Goodwin Moir".

'Distressing descriptions'

Depute fiscal Vicki Bell told a previous hearing: "In general, prison staff don't open legal mail.

"Staff checked the Law Society website and there was no firm of Goodwin Moir listed.

"They opened the letter and it contained references to sexual abuse of children."

Ms Bell said the letter also referred to "a solicitor called Robert Lightband".

She said: "The letter is two typed pages and enclosed a 12-page document containing graphic and distressing descriptions of the abuse of children.

"The accused's laptop was seized under the terms of his sexual offences prevention order.

"When he was detained he said 'there will be stuff you don't like on the computer'."

Ms Bell said Lightband "freely admitted" downloading indecent images of children following his release from prison.

Lightband, a prisoner at HMP Perth, admitted charges of attempted fraud committed on 29 September last year and breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael told Lightband: "This is an extremely serious case and an attack on the solicitor-client relationship."

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