A Coventry man has been jailed for distributing sick images of children being sexually abused by adults.
Thousands of perverted images were found on depraved David Sommerville’s computer.
Now he has been jailed for 16 months by an appalled judge at the crown court in Leamington who also ordered him to register as a sex offender for ten years.
Sommerville, aged 41, of Lymore Croft, Walsgrave, pleaded guilty to ten charges of possessing indecent images of children, two of possessing extreme pornography, three of making indecent images of children and seven of distributing them.
Prosecutor Nigel Wilkins said that the police received information which led to them raiding Sommerville’s home and seizing his computer equipment.
On it they found a staggering 13,518 still and moving indecent images of children, of which 11,501 were classed as level one, involving nudity or erotic posing with no actual sexual activity.
But others were of more serious levels, including 644 still and 123 movies of level four, defined as showing sexual activity between adults and children.
Sommerville’s computer also showed that on seven occasions he had used Skype to distribute images ranging from level one to level four to other people.
Tom Schofield, defending, said: “I don’t wish to address the court to any great extent on the facts of the case. The images are very bad ones of their kind, but this individual was not involved in the live acts we are concerned with.
“This is not somebody who has commissioned these vile images himself; he is somebody who has been a part of the market which has led to the images being created.”
He submitted that because of his personality Sommerville, who is married, had been involved in obsessional behaviour, but has been receiving counselling since his arrest.
And he asked the judge to pass a community sentence with a condition that Sommerville takes part in a three-year sex offender programme.
But jailing Sommerville, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told him: “All over the world there are babies and infant children who are being subjected to the most despicable and damaging abuse.
“The photographs and moving images of that abuse go onto the internet where, for all I know, they remain forever.
“I am compelled by the gravity of the images you have accessed and distributed to come to the conclusion that only an immediate sentence of custody is justified.”