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Man who had naked pictures of girls is given supervision order

By Court Reporter

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A 21-year-old Sutherland man who possessed naked images of young girls avoided a jail sentence because of the low number involved.

Sheriff Sara Matheson told Aaron Gunn when he appeared for sentence at Inverness Sheriff Court on Thursday that he would be placed under three years of social work supervision.

He must also take part in a sex offenders' rehabilitation programme, and will remain on the Sex Offenders' Register for the same period.

Sheriff Sara Matheson explained: "Because of the relatively small number of images and that they are in the least serious category, I can deal with this with a sentence other than one of custody."

The court had previously been told that police raided the home of Gunn in Tower Street, Golspie, when he was still a teenager.

Officers had discovered that a 12-year-old girl had been sending him naked images of herself.

The court heard that Gunn had 42 indecent images of children on three of his computer devices, which had been seized in the search.

Fiscal depute Martina Eastwood said that the intelligence was received on June 7, 2019.

She added that nine of those images, which were of children in erotic poses but no sexual activity, were of the young girl.

Gunn admitted possessing the images between December 22, 2019 and May 12, 2020 and of sending a sexual communication to a 15-year-old girl asking her to send him a topless photograph of herself.

Before hearing from defence solicitor advocate Neil Wilson, Sheriff Matheson said she was prepared to follow the recommendation of social workers after reading their report.

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