A PERVERT downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children at his home and the home of his parents, a court heard.
Robert Hogger was arrested after police received information that illegal images were being accessed from two internet service provider addresses linked to properties in Wetherby .
Police executed search warrants at Hogger’s home on Rudgate Park and his parents’ home on Grange Avenue in November 2014.
A computer, laptop and a memory stick were seized from the properties and found to contain 449 illegal images which Hogger had downloaded. John Bull, prosecuting, said 12 of the images were at category A - the most serious level of offending.
Hogger was interviewed by officers and made full admissions about the offending.
He said he had used the computer equipment to view adult pornography but then developed an interest in the unlawful material.
Hogger pleaded guilty to four offences of making indecent photographs of a child.
Alex Boyd, mitigating, said Hogger admitted the offences at an early stage and was a shamed of his behaviour.
Mr Boyd said his client had faced an anxious 18 month period on bail awaiting sentencing since he was arrested.
Hogger was made the subject of a three-year community order, during which he must take part in a sex offender treatment programme. He must also go on the sex offenders register for five years.
Recorder Abdul Iqbal QC told Hogger: “Possession of images is a serious offence. If there had been any evidence of you distributing these images or sending them to any other people or being involved in their production, then you would be receiving a very substantial sentence of imprisonment.”