A PAEDOPHILE caught with more than 1,200 indecent images of children will not go to jail.
Warrington Crown Court heard on Friday how David Robinson, from Hallwood Park, Runcorn was caught with the stash of illegal photos after an investigation by Interpol.
Many were of naked children although others showed extreme pornography involving animals.
Police raided the 48-year-old’s home before seizing his computer, a hard drive, 55 floppy disks and 30 CD-Roms. All contained indecent images.
Prosecuting, John Oates said most of the images were at the low level of seriousness, but five were found that were rated as a level five - the worst possible.
There were 24 at level four, 29 at level three, 200 at level two and 1000 level one images.
He had used the internet to search ‘pre-teen’, the court heard, although after being arrested the pervert claimed to only be interested in adult women.
Robinson has two children, although only has limited contact with them.
He pleaded guilty to 12 counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing extreme pornography.
Defending, Gary Lawrenson said the prosecution has caused ‘shame and embarrassment’ to the defendant who was first arrested 16 months ago.
Mr Lawrenson said: “As a result of looking at these images over this period of time and being arrested he’s put everything in jeopardy.”
Judge Nicholas Woodward ordered Robinson to undergo the Northumbria Sex Offender’s Programme for three years, something he would not be eligible for if he was sentenced to prison.
He will sign the Sex Offender’s Register and was banned from working with children.