AN assistant nurse was found to have accessed more than 23,000 indecent images of children when police seized computer equipment from his home.
A court heard Kieran Jackson, 32, also distributed the vile pictures and movies online to others from his home on Dorset Mount, Harehills, Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard Jackson was working as an assistant nurse on an acute ward at St James’ Hospital in Leeds when police searched his home in February last year.
Computer equipment was seized and found to contain a total of 23,968 images. A total of 67 images and 21 movies were at category A - the most serious level of offending.
The images featured girls aged between five and 15 years old. It was also found that Jackson had shared images with others and had them sent to him via a file sharing site.
Jackson later told the police that his offending was “just a fantasy” but said he would never harm a child.
Jackson pleaded guilty to four offences of distributing indecent images of children and three of possessing them.
Michael Sisson-Pell, mitigating, said Jackson had lost his job as a result of the offending.
He said Jackson had co-operated with police as soon as he was arrested and pleaded guilty at an early stage.
Mr Sisson-Pell said Jackson was prepared to receive treatment to address his offending behaviour. He was made the subject of a three-year community order, during which he must take part in a sex offender programme. Judge Penelope Belcher said: “I am afraid it is a stark reality that because people are prepared to look at these images, that children are abused to create them.”
The judge added: “Do not kid yourself that you haven’t abused children - you have.”