Gosport man had 39,000 images of child abuse at home

Portsmouth Crown Court in Winston Churchill Avenue

Horndean paedophile sexually abused children as young as five

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A MAN caught in possession of almost 39,000 indecent images of children has been warned he faces jail.

Terry Fleet was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register after pleading guilty to 28 offences at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The 53-year-old was caught after police used a warrant to raid his home in Wilmot Close, Gosport, where the images were uncovered.

Officers seized thousands of indecent photographs and films and Fleet was arrested.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of an indecent photograph of a child with a view to it being distributed or shown, and 17 counts of making an indecent photograph of a child between January 2009 and March 2011.

Fleet admitted to two counts of possessing a prohibited image of a child, one charge of possessing 37,363 indecent photographs of a child and one of possessing 1,579 indecent moving images of a child on May 11 last year.

He admitted possessing 10 indecent photographs of children with a view to them being distributed or viewed by himself or another person, also in May last year.

Sarah Jones, defending, said: ‘He understands the seriousness of this position.

‘I think the sentencing would be assisted by knowing how Mr Fleet came to amass the material he has and over what period of time.’

Recorder Stuart Jones QC said: ‘The high probability is that you are going to go to prison for these offences.

‘They are very serious, you understand that. I remand you on bail rather than remand you in custody for one reason only and that is in order that a pre-sentence report can be prepared upon you.’

He added: ‘It’s right that you are a man of hitherto good character and the court will want to investigate how these very serious and very unpleasant offences came to happen. But don’t hold out any hope of the probability of a non-custodial sentence.’

Fleet was released on conditional bail. He is due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court to be sentenced in July.