A pensioner has been jailed for six months after police found hundreds of indecent images of children on his computer.
Preston Crown Court heard Robert Parkinson, 65, shared the images with people he had met on the internet.
Parkinson, of Connaught Road, Preston, pleaded guilty to 18 counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.
He was arrested following a raid at his home in Broadgate on April 12 last year after officers learned he had uploaded indecent pictures of children onto an online storage device.
They seized his computer and analysis by a high tech crime unit revealed he had shared images on the internet.
The former video shop owner sent 232 images to four separate email accounts.
He attempted to send images to further accounts but failed due to a typing error.
During police interviews he admitted accessing and downloading the images and sending them via email.
Andrew Creswell, prosecuting, said: “He said he had no recollection of uploading the images on Microsoft Sky Drive because he had suffered a stroke some years beforehand.
“He denied being part of a club that shared images but accepted sending images to a person who had themselves sent him images.
“He said he had no wish to defend the images and did not want to attempt to justify in any form what he had done.
“He said it was due to stupidity and ignorance and something to do with ‘the forbidden fruit thing’, but denied gaining sexual gratification from it. He knew it was wrong and an immoral act.”
Parkinson, who the court heard is a secretary for two companies, has a previous conviction for 14 similar offences in August 2003.
Judge Michael Byrne sent him to prison and made him subject to a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).
Speaking after the case, Det Con Justin Singleton, from Preston CID, said: “Each indecent image of a young person on a computer identifies at least one child that has been abused. It doesn’t matter where this is in the world and we will continue to work with other authorities such as CEOP to protect vulnerable children.
“Protecting young people is a priority for us and we will ensure that those who view, possess and distribute indecent images of children are identified and brought to justice.”