A pervert was caught after he downloaded vile sexual images of children while staying at his uncle’s home.
Jack Clegg was arrested after the National Crime Agency received intelligence that a device was being used to access abusive child images from an address in Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard Clegg’s uncle was initially under suspicion as he lived at the property.
Officers went to the house in June last year after obtaining a search warrant and spoke to Clegg’s relative.
Carmel Perason, prosecuting, said: “He said it was nothing to do with him.
“Police found a computer in the bedroom which was linked to the defendant.
“The uncle was exonerated and told them where his nephew was staying.”
The images had been accessed while 26-year-Clegg was staying at his uncle’s home.
Officers then went to an address in Rothwell a month later, July 2, 2018.
A laptop was seized from that address which was also found to have been used to access illegal images.
Miss Pearson added: “He was co-operative with the officers.
“He was interviewed and said he had no sexual interest in children and did not know why he had done it.”
Both laptops were examined.
The first one was found to contain 1,099 indecent images. The prosecutor said 35 of the images were at category A – the most serious level of offending. A further 27 prohibited images of a child were also recovered.
More than 700 indecent images had been downloaded on the second laptop. A total of 331 images were at category A.
Investigations showed Clegg had also searched the internet for sex images of children.
Devices had been fitted with equipment to enable searches to be made on the dark web.
A cleaning device had also been fitted to the laptops to enable images to be permanently delated.
The computers were also fitted with file sharing devices but there was no evidence that Clegg had distributed images to anyone else.
Clegg, of Foundry Place, Harehills, Leeds, pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent images of a child, possessing extreme pornographic images and possessing prohibited images of a child.
The court heard Clegg has previous convictions for assault and criminal damage but none for possessing indecent child images.
He pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.
Clegg was made the subject of an 18-month community order.
He must take part in a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement to address his offending behaviour.
Judge Rodney James, QC, said: “The reason these images are created is because there is a market for them.
“Whether brought about by paedophilia or curiosity, it still feed in to that market and that is why it is a serious matter.”
Clegg was also told he must go on the sex offender register for five years.
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