A COVENTRY paedophile used his mother’s laptop to download sick images of child abuse when his own computer stopped working.
In April, police raided Scott Archer’s home, where he lived with his mother, and seized both laptops where they found more than 2,700 indecent images of children.
They also discovered the 36-year-old, of Cromwell Lane in Burton Green, had sent 34 of the images to other people, Warwick Crown Court heard.
Archer was jailed for two years and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years after he pleaded guilty to 12 charges of making indecent images of children and three of distributing them.
Prosecutor Andrew Wilkins said when he was first questioned about what the officers would find on the computers he claimed there might be some ‘pop-ups’ of unwanted images.
He went on to admit he ‘may have looked for teens’ between 18 and 19-year-olds and had also been involved in online chats where he had been sent some ‘horrifying’ images.
Mr Wilkins said on Archer’s own computer police found 252 stills and 205 movies in Category A, some of which involved children as young as two. There are three categories of indecent images of children with Category A covering the most serious.
Officers also found Archer had specifically searched for pre-school children.
A total of 382 stills and 67 movies in Category B were also found along with 1,313 category C stills and 291 movies.
There was also evidence Archer had sent 34 stills to other people, nine of which where in the highest category.
On his mother’s laptop the officers discovered three stills and 13 movies in category A, two stills and seven movies in category B and 223 category C stills and 15 movies.
In another interview, Archer admitted downloading the images over the course of about two years and said he preferred girls aged between six and 17-years-old.
He added he deleted them about once a month when his computer’s memory was full and when his own laptop broke he used his mother’s.
David Murray, defending, said as a result of the offences Archer’s partner has ended their relationship.
But, despite the breach of trust by using her computer his mother, who relied on him to a degree, continued to support him.
Mr Murray said Archer had been ‘sucked into’ viewing and swapping images but it was believed his ‘compulsive and addictive behaviour’ could be addressed with a suspended sentence.
Jailing Archer, Recorder Adrian Redgrave said the images he downloaded and possessed ran into well over 1,000 – many of which were of the worst category.
He added: “Far more serious is the distribution, which involved images at level A as well as at the lower levels.
“This sort of serious sexual abuse of little children only flourishes because there is a market for it – and you were part of that market.”