PERVERT Andrew Waring downloaded more than 2,000 indecent images of children onto his phones and computer.
Police seized the equipment after raiding the 50-year-old’s home.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard officers had received information that he may be distributing images.
They found no evidence of that, but discovered a raft of photographs and videos he had downloaded onto two mobile phones and a computer.
Prosecutor Hunter Gray said: “Investigation of the computer revealed something in excess of 23,000 images which were examined. A number were of children in underwear or swimming costumes that were not classed as indecent.”
Among those that were indecent and therefore illegal, there were 729 photographs and 143 moving images classed as Category A – the most serious.
There were 633 still and moving images of Category B, and 984 of Category C.
Waring, now of St Aidan’s Street, Tunstall, was arrested and interviewed. Initially, he admitted the equipment was his, but denied there were any indecent images on it.
He later pleaded guilty to 13 offences of making indecent photographs of a child.
The courtheard he had no convictions since 2001, and nothing of a similar nature.
Adam Till, mitigating, said: “Mr Waring is full of remorse. He unfortunately got himself into a cycle from which these offences were committed. He had feelings of isolation that have arisen in his personal life and that has led him to alcohol.
“At the time of these offences that was beginning to be a real issue. He has since reduced that significantly, realising the impact it has had on his behaviour. He is someone who wants to engage with the probation service and address his behaviour.”
Recorder Andrew Easteal handed Waring a three-year community order with supervision, under which he must complete the probation service’s programme for sexual offenders.
Recorder Easteal said: “If I sent you to prison, nothing is going to happen to educate you any better than you have been so far, and there would therefore be a very high likelihood that you would resort back to this behaviour and continue to perpetuate suffering to these children.
“If you fail, you can expect to receive the most severe punishment that the court can impose.”
A five-year sexual harm prevention order was also imposed, limiting Waring’s use of the internet and contact with under 18s.
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Andrew Waring, aged 50, of St Aidans Street, Tunstall, pleaded guilty to 13 offences of making indecent photographs of a child between March 8, 2013 and January 10, 2015.
He will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after a report is prepared on him.