A Lichfield man with a “library” of over 10,000 vile digital photos and movies of children being abused put them up on the internet for other perverts to look at, a judge heard.
Police found the hoard on two computers owned by Christopher Dodd in a search raid on his home on 14 February last year as a result of information about his internet usage.
The indecent material included scenes of children as young as two being sexually assaulted and youngsters aged ten or 12 being tied up and horribly abused.
Mr Nick Burn, prosecuting, said the images were all ‘live’ files that could be viewed by the defendant. They were also loaded up onto a file-sharing website.
Dodd used the nickname ‘Lichlad’ to download images and to receive requests from others to view his files.
“Effectively there was a ‘sharing’ folder, effectively a library he allowed others to access,” said Mr Burn.
Dodd, aged 32, of Upper St John Street, Lichfield, who admitted ten charges of possessing indecent images of children for show and two of simple possession was given a three year community order to undergo a sex offender treatment programme.
He was also ordered to do 250 hours unpaid community work and his internet use restricted under a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
Recorder Mr Simon Draycott QC told him: “If you had any previous convictions, I would have no hesitation in sending you immediately to custody.”
Mr Burn said Dodd’s ‘library’ for sharing included; 8,625 photos and 33 movies at the least serious level one; 1,199 photos and 79 movies level two; 749 photos and 23 movies level three; 1,482 photos and 117 movies level four and 152 photos and 10 movies at the most serious level five. On a separate laptop he also had 97 images at level one and 62 images level two.
Mr Burn said the level five material was “a very graphic and unpleasant set of photos and moving images being used by the defendant and being made available to other persons of like intent.”
Mr Tim pole, defending, said that that following his arrest in August last year, Dodd was fully co-operative with the police.