A 19-year-old who admitted possessing hundreds of indecent images of children and an extreme pornographic image of bestiality has been jailed for 17 weeks.
Zach Pugh-Brooks, of Northfield Road, Duston, Northampton, was arrested after he started chatting to a 13-year-old girl on Facebook.
Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard officers were called to Pugh-Brook’s address after the girl’s mother saw the sexually explicit messages and became suspicious.
Stella Moses, prosecuting, said officers found almost 250 indecent images of children on Pugh-Brook’s laptop and his mobile phone. They also found one image of a person performing an act of intercourse with an animal.
The court heard that Pugh-Brooks told officers he did not believe he was doing anything illegal as the images were “freely available on the internet”.
District Judge Tim Daber, sentencing, said Pugh-Brooks behaviour had demonstrated a “very worrying pattern of behaviour”.