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A PAEDOPHILE who traded pictures of children being tortured has been jailed.

Terry Fleet was snared in a nationwide blitz targeting online child sex perverts just a day after being released on bail for similar offences.

He was caught while awaiting sentence for possessing 39,000 indecent images.

He had already admitted seven counts of possessing an indecent photograph of a child, 17 of making an indecent photograph of a child and three of possessing a prohibited image between January 2009 and May 2011 when arrested at his home a second time.

Police raided Fleet’s home, seizing equipment containing images of children being subjected to what Judge Roger Hetherington described as ‘torture’.

More than 141 search warrants were executed by 40 police forces in the joint crackdown with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency. Nationwide 76 suspects were arrested during 48 hours of action in June.

Fleet, 54, of Wilmot Close, Gosport, was quizzed and later admitted four counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child.

Louise Howard, prosecuting, said: ‘It was whilst he was on bail awaiting sentence for those matters that the second set of offences took place, the four counts of distribution.’

Fleet was banned from using file-sharing software as a bail condition when he committed his most recent four crimes.

But during the period a police officer trained in investigating file-sharing software connected to Fleet’s computer and was offered 500 indecent images and films of children.

The connection lasted three days and the officer downloaded 13 files. Four were in the most serious categories.

Sarah Jones, defending, said: ‘He behaved in a way in which he looks back on with utter horror.’

She added: ‘He clearly has a type of addiction or compulsion.’

Fleet, who has no previous convictions, was jailed for two years for his 32 crimes.

Judge Hetherington, sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court, said: ‘The only way that the courts can try to protect children who are the victims of this sort of behaviour is, where appropriate, to pass custodial sentences on those who have material in their possession, and certainly those who seek to or do in fact distribute those images.’

Det Con Pete Partington said: ‘Those people who use peer-to-peer software for the distribution of indecent images of children should not think they are immune to prosecution. We monitor them constantly and if you are doing such things we will come knocking on your door.’

Fleet had to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and was given a 10-year Sex Offences Prevention Order to protect the public.