A man who downloaded more than 3,000 child sexual abuse images and videos was caught by police after unwittingly sharing them on-line.
Neil Storer, 51, was caught when hundreds of incriminating files were shared from his IP address – the unique code assigned to each internet connected device.
Officers from Nottinghamshire Police were alerted when Storer’s IP address was used to share material on an illegal peer to peer network – often used to share illicit content between offenders.
Storer, of Burnwood Drive, Nottingham, was arrested when his former home address in Watnall was searched by police on 23 January this year.
After forensically examining a laptop seized at the scene specialist officers uncovered some 3,036 photos and seven videos of child sexual abuse – some of it graded in the most serious Category A.
When he was interviewed by police Storer revealed that he was unaware that the images he had downloaded and later deleted could in turn be downloaded by others.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday Storer was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years for three counts of making indecent images of children.
He will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register for a period of ten years and will aslo have to complete a programme of rehabilitation.
Detective Constable Andrew Taylor said: “Behind every one of these images are vulnerable children in various parts of the world who are being abused by adults.
“By downloading and sharing this kind of material offenders like Storer are directly contributing to a cycle of abuse that can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims.
“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to tackling this type of crime and we will do everything we can to find those who share indecent images of children.”