A loner obsessed with the dark web downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children and a 170-page paedophile manual.
Alan Walton downloaded a paedophile manual which included a step by step guide on how to abuse children and was also found to have more than 1,000 indecent images of children, Teesside Crown Court heard.
“The 170-page document set itself up as a manual giving instructions on how to have sex with children,” said Rachel Masters, prosecuting.
“Police inquiries began into Walton after reports were received of indecent images being sent to an email account linked to him.
“A search warrant was executed at his house, and a Samsung mobile phone was found.” The court heard storage devices linked to the phone contained 346 indecent images at the most serious category A, 306 category B images, 463 category C images, and the paedophile manual.
Ms Masters added: “The defendant pleads guilty on the basis he thought the images were codes for online gaming.
“He said he wanted the manual to better understand things that had happened to him as a child.”
Walton 32, of Stephen Street, Hartlepool, admitted three charges of possessing indecent images, and one charge of possessing a paedophile manual between 2014 and 2015.
The Recorder, Mr Euan Duff, sentenced Walton to 13 months in prison, suspended for two years, and 35 days of rehabilitation activity.
He must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Hartlepool man admits making more than 1,000 indecent images of children
A Hartlepool man has admitted possessing more than a thousand indecent images of children – including hundreds of the most serious.
Alan Walton, 32, admitted three charges of making indecent images when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court.
The first relates to 346 images of category A – the most serious, the second to 306 images of category B and the third to 463 images of Category C.
All offences are said to have taken place between April 2014 and October 2015. Walton, of Stephen Street, Hartlepool, also admitted possession of a paedophile manual which contains advice and guidance on how to abuse children sexually.
The case was adjourned to September 12 for sentencing and Walton was released on unconditional bail.