He admitted he used the internet to discuss his warped fantasies of meeting, abusing and supposedly being “seduced by” children.
Cresswell revealed several “role-playing scenarios”, some involving child rape, said prosecutor Harry Hadfield today.
He was using a messaging app to exchange the disturbing images with like-minded people, whom he had identified via websites.
The pervert said he sourced most of his pictures via the app, even keeping some pictures as “currency” for the illicit trades.
At one point he shared a collection of 300 images with another person before he was dropped by a cloud storage program.
And he would delete people when they did not share images in return.
Police found he had distributed 134 images in 18 instances between March and November 2016.
Officers went to his door after receiving information that he had sent images to a woman outside the UK.
They seized a hard drive, laptop, computer tower and iPhone in the search on November 18, 2016.
The storage media contained 2,960 indecent images of children, including 1,292 in the more serious category.
The pictures depicted girls, mainly aged four to seven but as young as three months old in one case, with a collection of almost five hours’ worth of videos. He said children characters in anime started his interest when he was 15 to 16.
He claimed he was “initially repulsed” by the material, “but the more he looked at it, the less guilty he felt”.
It escalated to an “addiction”, using the images for sexual gratification and sending some to a woman in the US.
Cresswell, ofThe Hills, Skelton, admitted three charges of distributing and three of making indecent pictures of children.
He also admitted possessing 2,962 prohibited images of children, which were not of real children, and 74 extreme pornographic images.
Judge Sean Morris told Cresswell: “You involved yourself in internet exchanges with like-minded individuals who got thrills out of seeing extremely young children abused.
“Quite clearly you have problems in your life as well but this was a serious case.”
Cresswell was jailed for two years, given a sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both for 10 years.