A joiner who distributed child abuse images and videos to more than 160 people across the world has been told he faces a “lengthy” jail term.
Adam Nowicki collected a stash of almost 12,000 pictures and more than 700 videos over the course of more than four years.
He then stored them on his computer in a folder that allowed paedophiles across the globe to access them. Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Nowicki had accepted 162 requests from other web users to access the folder.
Fiscal depute Douglas Wiseman added that of the huge haul of pictures and videos found, 1683 pictures and 397 videos were at level four of the scale used to measure such images, depicting sexual abuse of children by adults.
Meanwhile, 211 of the images and 52 of the videos were at the top level, level five, including images of sadism towards children.
Sheriff George Way told Nowicki that a “lengthy custodial sentence” was likely.
Nowicki, 26, of Dens Road, Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of downloading and distributing indecent images of children between February 1, 2008 and June 30, 2012.
Paul Parker-Smith, defending, said: “He placed these images in a folder on his computer which can and has been accessed by other persons. It was a passive sense of distribution.”
Sheriff George Way deferred sentence and released Nowicki on bail with conditions that he has no contact with children and does not access the internet.
He said: “You have pled guilty to distribution of a significant number of level five images and nothing other than a lengthy custodial sentence is likely to follow.”