West Yorkshire Police officers executed a search warrant at Raymond Dimmock's home on Talbot Court, Normanton, after receiving intelligence that illegal images had been accessed using an internet provider address linked to the property.
David Hall said two tablet devices were seized from the property.
They were analysed and it was discovered that he had accessed a total of 117 illegal images.
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Four of the images were at category A, the most serious level of offending.
They depicted graphic sexual abuse of children aged as young as two years of age.
The tablets had been fitted with file sharing equipment and a Tor browser enabling him to access the dark web.
Dimmock has previous convictions for indecent assault and indecency with a child.
He was sentenced to six years in prison in 2011 after he confessed to doctors that he had sexually abused children when he was taken to hospital after taking an overdose.
Kate Bisset, mitigating, said Dimmock suffered from mental health problems and did not leave his home in order to avoid coming into contact with children.
Ms Bisset said: "He does not want to have these desires and he tries to manage it as best he can."
A probation service report stated that Dimmock would respond well to attending a sex offender programme.
He was made the subject of a 30-month community order and told he must complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
Dimmock was told he must go on the sex offender register for five years