A man found with more than 15,000 indecent photographs and over 13,000 indecent video images of children said he had downloaded the files as he was “looking for 3D movies” to watch.
Adam Robert Morawski, 41, of Montrose, told police he had tried to delete the files and said they “weren’t naked children”.
Morawski admitted at Forfar Sheriff Court today (Wednesday) that between April 20, 2013 and June 22, 2015, at his flat, he took or permitted to be taken or made indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children; and that between April 20, 2013, and June 29, 2015, at the same address, he possessed indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children.
Depute fiscal Trina Sinclair said police acting on a tip-off went to his house and spoke to his nephew, who also lived there.
He told them the accused was at work and, following a search, they found the indecent images.
When confronted at his work, Morawski told officers: “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.”
The accused had two laptops, a tablet and a smart phone. When asked about the numerous hard drives found at the house, he stated that he sometimes repaired computers for friends and is often left with spares.
He maintained to police that he had opened a file and when he realised it contained indecent images he tried to delete it but forgot about it and had not used it for a couple of months. He stated the file was too large to delete.
He stated he had only accessed the indecent images on two occasions but could not provide an explanation for creation dates of the images. He denied creating the folder which contained the images.
In total he possessed 15,226 still indecent images of children and 13,314 indecent videos of children with a running time of two days and one hour.
Investigations showed he had carried out internet searches using the search terms well known for showing child indecent images, the fiscal said.
Sheriff Pino di Emidio deferred sentence on Morawski till July and placed him on the sex offenders’ register in the interim.