Paedophile jailed at Leicester court for downloading "horrendous" images of youngsters
A paedophile who downloaded "horrendous" indecent images of youngsters and sent them to other computer perverts was jailed for 15 months.
Karl Jarvis (25) was arrested after Leicestershire officers were alerted of his internet activities by a police online paedophile unit.
A search warrant was executed at Jarvis' then Leicester address, and his computers were seized.
Jarvis initially denied involvement but later confessed to have secretly accessed illegal images of children since he was 18.
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Robbie Singh, prosecuting, said: "He said something happened to him when he was young."
Mr Singh said Jarvis had initially looked online for images of himself as a child.
"He engaged in online chats and exchanged images with others," said Mr Singh.
"He created false online profiles and passwords."
The court heard Jarvis had remorsefully told officers: "I had an unhealthy interest."
At Leicester Crown Court, Jarvis, now of New Road, Willenhall, West Midlands, pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent images of youngsters, by downloading them, between August 22 and October 29 last year. They related to photographs found on his computer involving 63 images at level one, the least serious level, 26 images at level two, 33 images at level three and 61 images at level four.
There were none in the most serious category of level five.
Most images were still pictures, but there were also 18 movie clips.
Jarvis also admitted eight counts of possessing child pornography with a view to distributing it.
Philip Gibbs, mitigating, said: "He displayed a high degree of candour that went beyond the evidence. He's a damaged individual because of abuse he suffered and it's something he has never addressed.
"It was buried within him because he couldn't share it.
"He acknowledges it was completely wrong."
Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: "The details of the images sound horrendous.
"This wasn't just looking at images yourself, but sharing them with other people, multiplying the despicable behaviour that exists."