A sick paedophile has been spared prison for possessing over 9,000 “disgusting” images of children – including those showing the abuse of babies.
Paedophile David Carey pleaded guilty to 13 offences including downloading, possessing and distributing indecent pictures and videos of youngsters.
Most of the images were ‘category A’ meaning some of the most serious.
Police found the illegal photos and movies on his laptop and two mobile phones.
Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said Carey had come into contact with “people of similar interest” on the internet and had downloaded the pictures and videos as well as distributing some of them.
The court was told Carey, 34, who lives with his mother, had started off viewing adult pornography on the internet but had moved on to child abuse images.
After reading the report, Recorder Andrew Dallas sentenced Carey, who had no previous convictions, to two years in prison – which was suspended for two years.
He told the defendant: “You might imagine yourself in the privacy of your own home and your computer not harming anybody, in the sense that you are not touching anybody.
“But people like you perpetrate the abuse of children by encouraging others to commit abuse, photograph it and put it on the internet knowing there will be people like you who want to view it and download it.
“You are 34 years old, never been in trouble with the police before and live at home with your mum. You have never had a relationship with anybody other than your mother.
“You present as an isolated figure. I accept you drifted into this offending through adult pornography, which turned into this disgusting pornography, including the abuse and torture of babies.”