Paedophile Pinky Caine had so many vile images that police gave up counting
A pervert caught with so many indecent images of children that investigators gave up counting has walked free from court.
Paedophile Pinky Caine, aged 31, (used to be called David Caine) had almost 4,000 illegal photos on his devices and 22,000 more which were never classified.
He had a secret mobile phone and boasted of hiding his internet history so police would not catch him, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Caine was also in breach of a suspended sentence for identical offences.
But he avoided immediate custody
Handing him a fresh suspended sentence, Judge William Mousley told Caine: “You have been given a huge chance on this occasion. You have come as close as it is possible to get to going straight to prison.
“I am prepared to accept that you do not constitute an immediate risk of harm to the public. There are still hopes of your rehabilitation through work which is ongoing.”
The judge said that there were 22,000 images on his devices which were “questionable”.
These were not classified and so cannot be said to be indecent in law.
Caine, of St Johns Terrace in Totnes, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of indecent images of children
The vast majority of the 3,902 files found on his devices were in the lowest bracket, but some were in Category A. These, including videos, depicted adults abusing children.
He also admitted breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order by having an internet enabled mobile phone which was not declared to the police.
Ian Graham, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that he was handed that order after he was convicted of making indecent images of children in July 2017.
He was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
Mr Graham said that police found indecent images on his devices in both May and December 2018.
Judge Mousley handed Caine a fresh nine-month prison sentence but suspended it for two years.
He ordered that he have six-month alcohol treatment and 35 days of probation’s intensive Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.
Caine was also fined £1,000 for breaching his original suspended sentence.
The judge also ordered that his phones and computers be forfeited.
Update: Handed a suspended sentence
Pervert caught with indecent images of kids
David John Caine, South Brent. Age: 28.
Between 24/03/2016 and 30/11/2016 at South Brent made an indecent photograph of a child.
Plus three related sexual offences.
Committed to Plymouth Crown Court for sentence on 12/07/2017 on conditional bail.