Judge Paul Thomas QC said he rejected the defendant’s claim to be “curious”, and would sentence him on the basis that he got “sexual kicks” from viewing the matrerial.
He told the defendant: “The images police found on your phone were stomach churning – some of them involve the rape, humiliation, and distress of children of ages four, or five, or six.“These are real children being abused somewhere in the world so films and photographs can be taken and distributed, so paedophiles like you can get their kicks from it.”
He added that he presumed Taylor had not told his partner about what was on his phone
Giving the defendant a one-third discount for his guilty pleas, the judge sentenced him to a total of two years in prison – two years for each of the three distribution charges, one year for possessing the Category A images and six months for each of the Category B and C possession charges, all the sentences to run concurrently.
The defendant will serve half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.
Taylor was also made the subject of sexual harm prevention order to limit his access to children and to the internet for the next 10 years, and must sign the sex offenders register for the same length of time.