An Auchenblae man who downloaded more than 5000 indecent images of children has avoided jail.
Martin Love who previously admitted the offences, has been sentenced to probation – despite High Court guidelines which suggest he should be jailed.
Forensic computer specialists found 5370 images on Martin Love’s computer. Almost 100 were deemed to be of the most extreme nature - some involving sadism or animals.
More than 1000 others were deemed to be of the second most severe nature – involving adults and children. Some of the images featured children as young as three-years-old.
The father-of-three was sentenced to three years probation at Stonehaven Sheriff Court on Friday.
He was also put on the sex offenders register for three years and ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service.