A sex offender was found in possession of a cache of child sexual abuse images after police became aware of his illegal online activates.
Detectives from Nottinghamshire Police arrested Glyn Kirk, 38, at his home on the morning of 11 March 2020.
Officers from the force’s paedophile online investigation (POLIT) team had been alerted to suspicious activity on Kirk’s IP address – a unique identity tag attached to users’ home internet networks.
After seizing and searching various electronic devices they unearthed a cache of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
More than 12,500 items were found spread across a laptop and external hard drive. A total of 190 of those were classed as category A – depicting the most serious sexual abuse that can be committed by adults against children.
When he was first interviewed by detectives Kirk claimed that his IP address had been used by somebody else, but later admitted to three counts of making an indecent image of a child. The charge relates to the act of saving and storing images in his collection.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday Kirk, of Sneinton, Nottingham, was sentenced to ten months in jail suspended for two years.
He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that will tightly restrict his behavior for a period of ten years. In addition he was ordered to pay £450 in costs, a £140 victim surcharge, and complete a 35 day rehabilitation requirement programme.
Detective Sergeant John Whitworth, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Behind every one of these sickening videos and images is a vulnerable child being sexually abused by an adult in various parts of the world.
“The physical and emotional impact of that abuse can and does have a devastating impact on those children as grow older and we are determined to protect other children from a similar fate.
“Sadly, people like Kirk help to sustain this grotesque illegal industry by consuming and sharing these images. Even though they are not committing these acts of abuse themselves, they are certainly helping to facilitate it.
“That’s why we take these offences so seriously and dedicate such considerable resources to identifying abuse and bringing offenders to justice.”