A classroom assistant who downloaded child abuse images for "for the rush" has been jailed.
Moray Kent Nicholson, 22, was sentenced on Wednesday after being convicted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this month.
He had pleaded guilty to possessing child abuse images between July 24, 2010 and October 13, 2010 and was jailed for one year and eight months.
The court heard Nicholson, from Edinburgh, suffered from attention deficit disorder and had collected the images "for the rush of doing something prohibited".
At the time he was arrested, Nicholson was on a placement at Corstorphine Primary School in Edinburgh, working as a classroom assistant. He underwent and passed a full disclosure check and was given a voluntary role.
When police officers told the City of Edinburgh Council about their inquiries, he was removed from his job.
A spokesman said Nicholson was never allowed to have unmonitored access with children during his six-week placement.
On Wednesday, Sheriff Elizabeth Harvie told Nicholson she had no other option but to impose a custodial sentence.
She also ordered that he should be supervised by the authorities for two years on his release and placed him on the sex offender register for life.
Defence solicitor Gavin Anderson told the court his client posed no threat to children.
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