A pervert has avoided jail after he was found with more than 500 vile images and videos of kids.
Daniel Forster's sickening stash, which included one photo involving the oral penetration of a young child, was amassed over a nine-year period at his then-home in Jarrow, South Tyneside.
A court heard that the 40-year-old had actively searched the internet for the disgusting movies and pictures before they were discovered by police on his computer.
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Now, Forster, who has since moved to Cambridge Court, in Bishop Auckland, has been spared jail after he admitted three counts of making indecent images of a child.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that police executed a search warrant at Forster's home in September 2019 and seized his computer.
In total, 146 photos and five videos of category A, the most serious kind, 230 photos and 18 videos of category B and 171 photos and eight videos of category C were discovered on the device.
The disgusting hoard included images involving the oral penetration of a young child and the oral penetration with a sex toy of a child.
The court was told that jobless Forster, who claimed in interview to have an interest in "slightly older children", amassed his sickening collection between September 2010 and February 2019.
Giving him a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, Judge Stephen Earl said: "It's illegal and wholly reprehensible in a normal and decent society."
The judge added: "This is a matter that can be suspended because there's a realistic prospect you can be rehabilitated with work undertaken by the Probation Service.
"They have very good programmes, which will push you, rather than point you, in the right direction.
"But, at 40-years-old, if you come before the court again, be under no illusion, you will be going to prison."
Vic Laffey, defending, said Forster had no previous convictions and had lost his job as a result of his offending.
He was also remorseful straight away and hadn't committed any offences since.
Forster was also ordered to do 210 hours of unpaid work, must sign the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years and was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period.
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