Images of children as young as eight years old involved in “sadistic sexual activity” were discovered on the phone of a man, a trial has heard.
Rikki Henderson, 25, is on trial in front of a sheriff and jury at Aberdeen Sheriff Court accused of three charges relating to possessing, distributing and making indecent images of children.
Henderson, of Bridge Street in Strichen, denies all charges.
Trial witness Neil Adam, a mobile telephone examiner for the police’s Cyber Crime Hub in Aberdeen, said yesterday he was tasked with searching Henderson’s Samsung smartphone in June last year.
Mr Adam told the court he discovered a total of nine indecent images of children.
The pictures were uncovered with special forensic software in a sent folder of the messaging application Whatsapp, and could not be viewed by using the phone through normal means.
Seven of the images were category C – the lowest in severity. However one was category B and one was deemed as category A and described by Mr Adam as “sadistic”.
However, when questioned by defence solicitor John McLeod, Mr Adam explained he could not say “with 100% accuracy” the images had been sent by Henderson, or exactly when they were sent.
Henderson also faces two other unrelated charges of sexual assault, said to have happened at a cadets training camp in Boddam, near Peterhead.
It is alleged that during a boozy Saturday evening in late 2016, Henderson, who held the rank of officer at the time, grabbed one woman’s head and pulled it towards his crotch, and later that evening put his head between another woman’s legs while making the sound of a “wagging tongue” action.
The 25-year-old also faces the charge of taking a photograph of the private parts of a woman last March without her consent.
An additional charge that Henderson had caused distress by sending the photograph to a man was dropped.
The trial, before Sheriff Summers, continues.