A pervert was arrested after being caught downloading indecent images of young girls on a laptop at a community centre.
A court heard how a member of staff raised the alarm after becoming concerned when she saw the disturbing material on equipment being accessed by Anthony Lewsley.
Kate Batty, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court that Lewsley, 46, had been using the services of a community centre in Belle Isle, Leeds, which allows residents to access laptops and computers for their own use.
Miss Batty said the member of staff contacted a manager after seeing Lewsley looking at images of girls thought to be aged between eight and 11 years of age.
The manager then checked the laptop and discovered that more illegal images were in the process of being downloaded.
Police were contacted and officers went to Lewsley’s home on Windmill Close, Belle Isle, and seized more computers and a memory stick.
The equipment was found to contain over 15,000 illegal images and movies of children. The court heard 132 images and movies were at category A - the most serious level of offending.
Officers also found that Lewsley had made internet searches for pornographic images of youngsters.
Some of the images featured children aged as young as six.
Lewsley was interviewed and made full admissions about his offending. He told officers he would download the illegal material at the community centre then view them on computers at his own home.
He pleaded guilty to three offences of possession of indecent images of children and one of possessing prohibited images of children.
Sajid Majid, mitigating, said Lewsley had pleaded guilty at an early stage and was prepared to receive treatment to address his offending.
Lewsley was made the subject of a three-year community order. He was also ordered to take part in a 60-day activity requirement, during which he must attend a sex offender treatment programme.
Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said: “If there was anything pointing to you actually putting into practice what you were observing in these images you would be going to custody.”