Andrew Barber was caught with indecent images of children on his phone, including babies and children who were in pain, and some who appeared to have been drugged or intoxicated.
Police raided Barber's home in Seahouses in 2019, and found sickening videos and images depicting child abuse, the Chronicle reports.
They found 141 of the most serious, category A, images, including 119 videos. There were 25 category B and 13 category C images there, too. Some of the images were of babies under the age of one.
The material was sent to him by a man Barber, aged 26, was trying to maintain a relationship with, Newcastle Crown Court heard. Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said police raided his home after receiving information.
"The defendant was interviewed under caution and was asked if he had ever possessed indecent images of a child.
"Initially he said 'not to his knowledge' but during interviews he accepted he formed a relationship with another man and had been sent images and videos by that other man.
"Given the volume of images and search terms recovered, the Crown say he was trying to minimise his involvement," Wardlaw said.
While Barber hadn't actually searched for any of the indecent images himself, he had searched for extreme pornography. He pleaded guilty to three offences of possessing indecent images and one of possessing extreme pornography.
The judge sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment for his crime, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation. He is also required to complete a sex offender treatment programme.
She said: "You suffered as a child and that should never happen to anybody but it makes it hard for me to understand how you could look at those children suffering.
"Those were real children suffering real abuse. It's not a taboo subject for sexual titillation – that's something I hope you have learned.
"You told the police, and it's accepted, you received those images from someone with whom you were in contact with on the Telegram app and you continued to receive them with the hope of maintaining a relationship with that person."
"Some were less then one years old, some were in pain and distress, some appeared to have been drugged or intoxicated for the purpose of abusing them."
She said she would give Barber a suspended sentence because Barber appeared remorseful for his crimes, because he is in work, abstaining from alcohol and drugs, and is capable of being rehabilitated.
However, he'll be on the sex offenders register, and subject to a sexual harm prevention order that will limit his contact with young boys for the next ten years.
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