A former lorry driver was caught with nearly half-a-million indecent images of children.
Scott Adrian Fox was told by a judge the number of images on the equipment he had “is phenomenal”.
Nottingham Crown Court heard officers found 7,535 in Category A – the most serious – then 12,746 in Category B – and nearly 400,000 in Category C.
The images were almost all of female children, some of babies as young as six months old, and “images depicting appalling torture,” said Judge Rosalind Coe QC.
“Children being bound, the children showing obvious and extreme distress.
“Even after all these years in viewing the volume of material, you are unable to appreciate the consequences to the children involved in the images and the victims.
“In particular, in this case, the officer sets out that even for somebody who deals with looking at these images all the time, the concern is the written description does not reflect the true horror of what the images show.
“He himself says any viewing of the images would have to be done with extreme caution”.
Fox, 46, of Catlow Walk, Arnold, pleaded guilty to three charges of downloading photographs of children.
Police received information Fox had paid to access indecent images of children and visited his address and took away equipment.
Images were found on a computer tower and on an Amazon Kindle, and he had an account where images and videos could be stored.
Dawn Pritchard, prosecuting on Thursday (June 10), said the computer had three internal hard drives with indecent images. There were a large number of folders and sub-folders and he had sorted the indecent images and sorted them together. There were bondage-type images in one.
“Hundreds if not thousands of folders of indecent images,” she said.
In interview Fox said he had been looking at the images for around 20 years, although the charges do not go as far back as that.
He had severe knee issues and stopped working as a lorry driver in 2007. He was diagnosed with depression and prescribed antidepressants.
The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the computer Kindle and the images. She imposed a sexual harm prevention order on Fox and jailed him for two years for the Category A images, 12 months concurrent for the Category B and four months concurrently on the Category C.