A MAN has been jailed after indecent images were found on his computer including some taken by him.
Leeds Crown Court heard officers executed a search warrant at the home of Carl Smart in Marlborough Towers, Leeds in February after information about his contact on a social network.
He had expressed a sexual interest in children and requested photos from others with similar interests.
The IP address he was using was traced to him and in a later search among items seized was some bedding which was identified in some of the photographs found on his system.
Nicholas Adlington prosecuting said that proved to officers that at least five images had been taken inside Smart’s address of an eight year old girl.
Examination of the equipment seized revealed a total of 45 photographs of children at Level A the most serious, 49 at Level B and 79 at Level C. Officers also discovered 178 movies at Level A, 85 at level B and 18 at level C.
Mr Adlington said a number of the images had been distributed using a Skype account.
Alex Menary representing Smart said he had no previous convictions for such offending and was remorseful. He had disclosed he had been the victim himself of abuse as a child and had suffered mental health issues as a result.
Smart, 30 admitted five offences of taking indecent images, 11 of making indecent images and 10 of distributing indecent images.
Jailing him for 40 months Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: “Cases such as this involve the most dreadful abuse and degradation of children.
“It is difficult to put into words the ordeal to which they have been subjected and those who download and distribute these images perpetuate that abuse and suffering.”
He said it was troubling that Smart maintained in his pre-sentence report that it was not for his own sexual gratification “when it was perfectly obvious it was”.