A North-east man who filmed himself sexually assaulting a screaming baby, then sent the video to his boyfriend has been jailed for 16 months.
Ryan Simpson, 29, admitted recording the footage of him kissing the child before sharing it with his partner.
Simpson, who was placed on the sex offender’s register for 10 years, appeared at the High Court in Aberdeen for sentencing.
Simpson, of Porterfield Prison in Inverness, also admitted possessing indecent images of children when he previously appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court.
The court previously heard he had been in a long-distance relationship when the offences took place. When his partner’s home in the south of England was raided by police in the summer, Simpson’s video recording was discovered.
The court heard that police seized all the electronic devices in the property, including a Samsung tablet which belonged to his then-partner.
A “category A” indecent video showing Simpson assaulting his victim was found. The infant was distressed and crying in the footage.
Officers later discovered messages Simpson sent his partner at the time the clip was recorded.
In one message Simpson asked for his e-mail address to send on the video, and a subsequent one asked whether his former partner had seen it.
The court heard it read: “I didn’t have much time, or I would have done as I wanted.”
Officers seized two mobile phones belonging to him, and on one they found two video clips showing children being sexually abused.
It also appeared he had been sharing them with friends in a social media chat group.
Simpson’s defence advocate Johnathan Crowe said Simpson was “devastated” by what he had done.
He said: “The accused had a very unfortunate, difficult upbringing – going into foster care at an early age.”
He also described Simpson as “jumping” from one relationship to another.
Mr Crowe said that it was Simpson’s position that he had been “pressurised” into committing the sexual assault by his partner.
He went on to say: “He was in hindsight horrified by his behaviour.
“He found that his partner was not appeased but on the contrary he continued to pressurise him.”
Mr Crowe added that Simpson went on to end the relationship.
Simpson earlier admitted charges of taking indecent images of a baby, distributing those images, and of possessing indecent images of children.
He also admitted sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.
Lord Woolman told Simpson on jailing him: “I accept that your former partner exercised a malign influence upon you. You terminated the relationship once you appreciated where it might lead you. But you are responsible for the acts you committed.
“Having regard to the requirements of punishment, deterrence, and denunciation only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”