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Inverness man put on Sex Offenders’ Register after more than 1000 images of girls found by police

By Ali Morrison

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A SHERIFF has placed an Inverness man on the Sex Offenders’ Register after he admitted being in possession of more than 1000 images of girls from infants to 12 years old.

Darren Leslie (32) admitted possession of the images on a hard-drive and laptop at his address in Harbour Court in July 2018.

Depute fiscal Robert Weir told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that 792 and 28 videos were found on a hard-drive and 276 images on a laptop after a warrant was executed on January 8 this year.

“The photographs and videos show predominantly female children aged from infants to approximately 12 years old,” he said.

All of the photographs, he said, were accessible to the ordinary user of the hard-drive but the images on the laptop were recovered by cybercrime experts from inaccessible drive space and would not have been visible to the ordinary user.

Sentence was deferred for background reports until November 5 and Leslie’s bail was continued.

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