A MAN who made more than 240 indecent images of children has been spared jail.
Benjamin Bull, 30, downloaded the images of children - some as young as three - on home and work computers.
Officers discovered 109 images at level four and three at level five - the most serious category.
A further 28 level three images, 51 at level two and 52 at level one were found along with four extreme pornographic images.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Bull’s crimes came to light when police searched the premises of an air conditioning business owned by his father, where he worked.
Computers and other equipment seized were analysed and found to contain indecent images of children.
Bull was arrested and interviewed on December 4 but denied he had committed the offences, instead trying to blame others.
Indecent images of children were also found on a computer and equipment seized from Bull’s home but he continued to deny committing any crime.
Hannah Smith, defending, said of Bull: ‘This is a man who has struggled to come to terms with his guilt. He has sought to displace it for a significant amount of time.’
She added: ‘He’s certainly got a lot more insight than he did this time last year and it is an ongoing process.
‘He is realising that he has royally ruined not only his own life but those of those nearest and dearest to him.’
Bull, of First Avenue, Clanfield, admitted 19 counts of making indecent images of children and four of possessing extreme pornographic images.
Sentencing him to six months in jail suspended for two years, judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘These offences involve dreadful abuse of children in the photographing and filming of them, albeit that it may be in some other country and something you are not actually aware of. But the fact that people like you are prepared to download this material provides the market for these activities.’
Bull was put under supervision and told to complete a programme to address internet sex offending. He must pay £2,000 costs and had to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.