A FORMER court clerk has been ordered to carry out 225 hours of unpaid community work and will be placed on the sex offenders register for two years after admitting downloading indecent images of young girls.

Donald Bruton, 60, of Milton Road East, Edinburgh, pled guilty to downloading the images between July 24, 2011, and October 3 last year at Edinburgh ­Sheriff Court last month. Sentence had been deferred for background reports.

Defence solicitor, Mark Harrower, told Sheriff Alistair Noble that Bruton had co-operated fully with the authorities since he was arrested in October last year and had voluntarily taken part in a Government-sponsored programme for child abuse offenders.

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"He is highly embarrassed and deeply ashamed of the shame he has caused his family," he said. Sheriff Noble acknowledged Bruton was a first offender.