A COUNTY man who was placed on the sex offenders’ register after he was caught with child abuse images has appeared back in court after he was found to have offended a third time.

Connor White escaped a custodial sentence last June when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to admit possessing hundreds of child abuse images – including films of babies being sexually abused.

White was placed on the register for three years and handed further punishments, including supervision, an unpaid work order and a conduct requirement banning him from having contact with children under 17.

The 23-year-old then returned to the dock in December last year and pleaded guilty to breaching bail conditions connected to his mobile phone use.

White appeared back at the city court last week to admit his guilt to possessing an extreme pornographic image depicting bestiality on June 14 last year.

The court heard that police officers attended at White’s former home on Musselburgh’s Old Course Gate on an official visit to monitor his use of electronic devices as part of his bail conditions. During the visit, White handed over a mobile phone which was subsequently examined by officers connected to Police Scotland’s cybercrime unit.

The court was told that the investigation showed White had downloaded one image of extreme pornography.

East Lothian Courier: Connor White outside Edinburgh Sheriff Court

White, currently of Bilston, Midlothian, was arrested and charged five days later and he made no reply to the allegation during the police interview.

Solicitor Mary Moultrie said that her client was still under the conditions of the previously imposed three-year community order and that he was making “extremely good progress” on the supervision requirement.

Sheriff Donald Corke said that White’s name would again be added to the sex offenders’ register and deferred sentence to next month for up-to-date background reports to be prepared.

White admitted possessing an extreme pornographic image at a property at Old Course Gate, Musselburgh, between June 11 and 14 last year.