A PAEDOPHILE who had dozens of indecent pictures and movies of children is behind bars.
Kristofer Ward, 34, was caught when police searched the Gosport home where he was then a lodger after a tip-off and seized computer equipment.
There is no suggestion that the other occupants at the property were involved or knew what Ward was doing.
A sample of movies and images on the equipment revealed 55 category A movies – the most serious category, and 10 at category B.
The youngest victim was about 18 months old and victims were aged up to about 15.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Ward had a folder marked ‘hidden’ where movies were found and had peer-to-peer software. He had a device not to share files, but they were available to others for a limited period – between 19 seconds and a few hours.
Ward, of Thorney Close, Fareham, admitted 10 counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, one of making an indecent photograph of a child and five of possessing an indecent image of a child in November last year.
He was jailed for two years and eight months and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.
Ward must pay an £120 victim surcharge.
He was given a Sex Offences Prevention Order restricting his use of the internet, and stopping him from deleting the history on any device.
Detective Sergeant Timothy Plummer from the dedicated Paedophile Online Investigation Team said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary is committed in its ongoing fight against the online offending against children, including the possession and distribution of indecent images, as each image contains a victim of child abuse somewhere in the world.
‘This sentence is a deterrent to all offenders in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight who commit this type of offence and we will continue to be proactive in the detection and prosecution of these offenders.’