A Sunderland pervert has appeared in court to plead guilty to possessing almost 2,000 indecent images of children.

Steven Cawood, 43, admitted three charges of possessing to show or distribute indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child.

Magistrates in South Tyneside heard Cawood, of Lily Street, Millfield, had 918 of the most serious category A still or moving images.

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His haul also contained 554 category B images and 401 category C, all still or moving, between October 10, 2018, and May 30, 2019.

Cawood had pleaded guilty to the same charges at an earlier hearing and his case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing.

Court administration reasons meant it was sent back to magistrates and the charges relaid.

At his first hearing, he admitted five other indecent image charges which did not return to the magistrates’ court.

They are three of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child, all between January 1, 2013, and May 30, 2019.

The earlier hearing dealt with a stash made up of 882 category A images, 566 category B and 5,166 category C.

There is also one charge each of possessing a prohibited image of a child, and possession of an extreme pornographic image or images portraying a sexual act with an animal, between October 15, 2018, and May 30, 2019.

Cawood was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday, October 13.

He must maintain his current address for court correspondence and abide by several computer-related conditions under the terms of sexual harm protection order.

They include being prohibited from using any device with internet access and notifying police within three days of any purchase of a new electronic device.

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