A husband who tried to blame his wife for the distribution of child abuse images has been banned from taking up any hobbies that might bring him into contact with children.
James Alexander took a photograph of himself carrying out a sex act in front of two children before sending the sick image to another paedophile.
He had hidden what he was doing from his unwitting wife but then pointed the finger at her when police raided his home following a tip-off.
Yesterday at Dundee Sheriff Court, Alexander was made subject to a conduct requirement putting strict limits on his internet use and his contact with children.
He was told by Sheriff Thomas Hughes he is to have “no involvement in hobbies or interests which bring you into contact with children without the prior approval of your supervising officer.”
A similar condition prohibiting his contact with under-16s was imposed, along with a ban on him being in touch with other sex offenders.
He was also told he would have to allow police full access to his online cloud storage.
Alexander, 39, from Brechin, was placed under social work supervision and on the sex offenders register for a period of three years.
When his home was raided by police, Alexander told detectives that he thought the images they were looking for might have been some that his wife had taken.
Alexander admitted intentionally engaging in sexual activity in the presence of two children. He admitted holding his naked, erect penis in his hand and taking a photo of it in Montrose on 24 June 2019.
Fiscal depute Vicki Bell told the court: “At the time he was in a relationship and resided with his partner.
"That relationship has now ended.
“Police were granted a search warrant for his home in relation to intelligence that an IP address had been used in relation to indecent images of children.
“The accused answered the door and his partner was present.
"When police advised they would be seizing all devices he handed over an Alcatel phone and pin number.”
Alexander told officers: “I go on some pretty bad porn sites. I sent a d**k pic to my friend.”
His partner told police that he said they had come to the house because he had taken an explicit picture of himself and uploaded it to the internet.
He stated that when he uploaded it, he was asked who the children in the picture were, and claimed he had not noticed they were in the background.
Miss Bell told the court that his partner informed officers Alexander had been “extremely careful and secretive” with his phone for a few weeks.