A PERVERT was found to have accessed more than 15,000 indecent images and movies of children on computers at his Leeds home after he was arrest for the offence for the fourth time.
A court heard Nigel Green, 43, had also printed thousands of the images which were also found by officers when they searched his home on Wordsworth Drive, Oulton.
Green had installed specialist software on the computers designed to permanently erase images.
Green pleaded guilty to 21 offences of making or possessing indecent images of children.
A total of 204 movies and images were at category A - the most serious level of offending.
Some of the images featured babies being abused.
Leeds Crown Court heard Green has three previous convictions for similar offences dating back to 1998,1999 and 2000.
Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Green led an isolated existence. Other than going to work he spent his play lifeing an internet-based computer game called World of Warcraft.
Mr Parkin said Green accessed the illegal images during stressful periods of his life.
He urged judge Guy Kearl, QC, to impose a community-based penalty to address his offending.
He said the courses were unavailable to him at the time of his previous convictions.
Green was made the subject of three-year community order, during which he must attend a sex offender treatment programme. He was also ordered to go on the sex offenders register for five years.
Judge Kearl said: “By downloading and possessing these images you are promoting the sexual abuse and exploitation of young children. What you and others are doing is making a market.”