A MAN who downloaded more than 1,000 indecent images of children was exposed after his partner looked at his tablet computer by chance.
Leeds Crown Court heard Alistair Armitage’s partner Juliette Richardson contacted police after looking at the tablet at their home in Garforth.
Police searched the house on December 3 last year and found a laptop computer, which also contained indecent images, under a mattress in the attic.
The court heard police also found find a pair of knickers, which Armitage had stolen from a washing basket at a friend’s house.
Prosecutor, Duncan Ritchie said: “He (Armitage) expressed relief to police at being arrested.
“It was discovered he had conducted internet searches for indecent images of children. Some of the images were obtained by using a peer to per sharing website.
“The defendant was interviewed and he admitted he had downloaded or obtained the images. He told officers he did not obtain sexual gratification from the images.”
Armitage, now of Queen Street, Castleford, has no previous convictions.
He admitted making indecent images of children between 2011 and 2013 and theft of the knickers.
Mr Ritchie said the images were of girls who appeared to be under the age of ten.
The majority were still images in the least serious Category ‘C’ and two were videos, including one Category ‘B’ image.
Mitigating, Christopher Moran, said: “The best thing I can say on his behalf is what he said when arrested. He said ‘It’s a relief actually.’”
Judge Neil Clark told Armitage: “It doesn’t take me to tell you that possessing images of this type is truly unpleasant. The children in these images were children who had no choice abut the situations they were placed in.”
Judge Clark sentenced Armitage to a three year community order with supervision and a high level 50 day activity requirement. An indefinite sexual offences prevention order was made, banning Armitage from owning an internet enabled device on which the search history can be deleted.
Armitage’s name will be on the sex offender register for seven years.