A former north-east police officer is facing a possible prison sentence after being found guilty of possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Rikki Henderson – who was also an officer with the Army Cadet Force – was also convicted of taking a photograph of a woman’s private parts without her consent.
A jury of six men and nine women found the 25-year-old guilty by majority of the two offences after more than two hours of deliberations.
They also found Henderson unanimously guilty of taking the picture of a woman in March last year.
The jury’s verdicts were delivered at the end of a three-day trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
It is understood he resigned from Police Scotland on Friday.
The cadet force, which had already suspended him, has now begun proceedings to have him dismissed from his role.
A spokesman stressed shamed Henderson – a member of the 2nd Highlanders Battalion, Army Cadet Force, in Fraserburgh – has had “no contact with cadets” since the allegations came to light.
He added: “Following the conviction we are looking to administratively discharge him from the Army Cadet Force.”
During evidence this week, it was revealed sexual images of children as young as eight had been found on Henderson’s smartphone in June last year.
Using special forensic software, police discovered nine indecent images in a sent folder of the messaging service Whatsapp.
Seven were assessed at category C, the lowest in severity, while one was category B.
One of the images was category A, and was described as depicting a child involved in “sadistic sexual activity”.
However, the jury unanimously found the charge that Henderson had made the indecent images not proven.
In addition, two other charges relating to allegations of sexual assaults at the Army Cadet Force training camp in Boddam, near Peterhead, were found to be not proven by a majority.
Henderson, of Bridge Street in Strichen, had denied all the charges.
Sentencing has now been deferred while criminal justice social work reports are prepared.
Sheriff William Summers said a custodial sentence could be imposed due to the “very serious” nature of the offences.