A man who downloaded thousands of indecent pictures and videos of children has been ordered to seek treatment.
Judge Christopher Batty QC said Lee Thompson deserved to be jailed for his part in fuelling demand for images of child abuse, but would only spend a few months behind bars if he was locked up.
He said: “The public would think people like you should go to custody, but it doesn’t help. I’m hoping what I’m going to do will help.”
Leeds Crown Court heard last Thursday that Thompson’s computer was seized in December 2012 after an investigation led police to his home in Shaw Street, Cleckheaton.
They found 864 videos and 1,308 images of children, including 34 videos or pictures of the most serious category.
Prosecutor Heather Weir said that when officers charged Thompson in May, he admitted buying a laptop and downloading more images. A search of the laptop found 1,123 pictures and 594 videos.
Thompson, 35, admitted 26 counts of possessing indecent images of children at an earlier hearing.
Zara Begum, mitigating, said Thompson was not fully interviewed when first arrested and had to wait nine months before being properly interviewed.
She said he had been frank about what he had done and knew he needed help.
Thompson was given a three year supervised community order with a 50-60 hour activity requirement and ordered to complete a sex offender treatment programme.
He was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for five years and must sign the sex offences register for five years.