A high risk sex offender was caught with video clips of a toddler being subjected to abuse after he was released on licence from prison.
Scott Kelly downloaded the footage from the internet onto another person’s laptop computer, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.
A judge was told that police experts recovered three video clips which showed a boy aged between about a year and 16 months old.
Kelly, 28, admitted possessing and making indecent photos of children on January 11 this year at a flat in West Granton Road, in Edinburgh, when he appeared in court.
Lord Turnbull heard that he was released from a previous prison sentence last year after he was jailed in 2009 for downloading more than a 1000 indecent images of children.
He was earlier jailed in 2006 after breaching probation imposed on him after he was convicted of offences of indecency and having indecent photos of children.
Advocate depute Allan Nicol told the court: “He is a registered sex offender currently graded as a high risk of re-offending.”
Police received information in January this year that an internet connection registered to a resident at the Edinburgh flat had been used to access indecent child images and they were granted a search warrant.
The resident told officers that he had never seen indecent images of children and the only person who had unsupervised access to his laptop was Kelly.
Mr Nicol said another witness confirmed that and told police that the internet connection to the address had been cut off before Christmas.
But Nicol had come to the flat after that with a mobile phone with internet access and had connected it to the laptop, using a USB cable.
Officers then went to a guest house in Edinburgh where unemployed Kelly was staying and detained him.
Analysis showed his phone had been used to access the internet to download the disturbing images.
During an interview Kelly eventually admitted owning the phone and connecting it to the laptop but denied having seen the footage.
Lord Turnbull continued the case for sentence on Kelly, who is back in prison, for the preparation of a background report and risk assessment to the High Court in Glasgow next month.
Kelly was placed on the sex offenders’ register again.