Former teacher faces jail after downloading indecent images

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

A shamed ex-teacher was found with a stash of child porn images after he gave his computer to a technician when it got a virus, a court heard today (Tuesday).

Robert Lightband - who was previously a senior history teacher at Dundee’s Menzieshill High School and taught in Forfar in the 1970s and 80s - avoided a jail term in 2002 when he was found with a folder filled with nude images of young boys.

But now Lightband - who advertises himself online as a semi-retired organist, organ consultant and organ teacher - could face prison after he was caught downloading indecent images over the course of a nine-month period in 2014 and 2015.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard he had downloaded six indecent images and 2000 “concerning images” over that time frame.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson said Lightband - who is also listed online as an “organ adviser” for the Church of Scotland - had one previous conviction, his earlier child porn offence.

She said: “Search terms were found by the technician relating to paedophile groups.

“Police were called and when interviewed Lightband fully admitted downloading the images.

“He also admitted purchasing a pornographic paedophilic novel.

“He said he was attracted to boys aged 12 years and up.

“Six indecent images were found as well as 2000 concerning images featuring boys in swimming costumes and shorts.”

Lightband, 69, of Clepington Court, Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of taking or making indecent photographs of children between June 16 2014 and February 25 2015.

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports.

Lightband was sacked from Menzieshill High School and his civic role as Dundee’s official organist after his previous stash came to light in 2002.

The photos were discovered by a cleaner who stumbled on the folder on a bedroom dresser as she worked.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard she found a folder containing between 80-90 indecent images, mainly of boys aged 12 to 14.

Fiscal Keith O’Mahony said the cleaner was so disturbed she told her husband and they contacted the police.

When officers searched his house, Lightband denied all knowledge of the snaps. But he eventually directed them to a cupboard where the folder was found.