A 46-year-old man from Northampton has been given a suspended jail sentence after admitting possessing more than 1,600 indecent images of children as well as extreme pornographic images and videos involving a pig.
Edward Fox, of Tintern Avenue, Spencer, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after analysis of his computer uncovered indecent photographs of children, including one in the most serious category.
The court heard police officers attended Fox’s home address on October 9, 2013, after receiving reports he had been accessing indecent images of children.
After a search of his address police seized computer equipment, which the indecent images had been downloaded onto using a file-sharing website.
Specialist officers also uncovered 20 images of extreme pornography involving a pig and four videos of a similar nature.
All the images were downloaded by Fox between April 18, 2010 and October 9, 2013.
Fox also admitted possessing a quantity of cannabis that was found in a kitchen in his house.
Catherine Howell, prosecuting, said Fox had told officers in interview that he did not realise the bestiality images were illegal.
However, Fox pleaded guilty to two charges of making indecent images of children and four charges of possessing indecent images and extreme pornography.
He also pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing cannabis.
Recorder Christopher Donnellan QC sentenced Fox to 12 months in prison suspended for two years. He must also complete 100 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £300.
He has been given a sexual offenders prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.