A man who downloaded more than 20,000 images of child pornography while he was a teacher has been sent to prison for ten months.
James Cullen, 55, appeared before Nottingham magistrates after police officers examined computer equipment at his home.
He pleaded guilty to making pseudo photographs of children between January 2014 and December 2017.
The case had been adjourned to await a probation report.
The court heard that he resigned from his teaching post when the matters came to light. A district judge, who ordered the probation report, said that the offences were “not committed as part of that employment.”
Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka said that police officers found the items after seizing equipment from his home on Lewis Crescent, Annesley.
There was a total of 117 videos and 20,182 still pictures.
A probation report suggested that Cullen would benefit from being ordered to attend a course which deals with child pornography offences. Sean Conway, mitigating, asked the magistrates to adopt that idea.
He said this would enable Cullen to continue working as a lorry driver, after going on a training course for this following his resignation from teaching.
Cullen had been married for “a long period of time” before spending “12 years single and then had another relationship which lasted for eight years,” added Mr Conway.
An appeal against sentence was lodged before Cullen left court. He was refused bail pending a date for this hearing at the crown court.