A PERVERT has been jailed after sharing more than 100,000 images of children on the internet.
Benjamin Mortley-Green was told by a judge that his obsession with child pornography had ‘taken over his life’.
Jailing him for 32 months, Judge John Gosling told him: “I’m not here to insult or humiliate you or to punish you for what’s going on inside your head.
“The punishment is for the truly extraordinary extreme to which you’ve indulged yourself in pictures of child abuse.”
Mortley-Green, 33, admitted 13 offences of taking indecent images of children, three offences of distributing them and one offence of possessing the images.
His pleas were entered at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court in October.
Judge Gosling said: “The library you have amassed appears to be huge.
“You’ve not only received and created them but also distributed them on a substantial scale. When not viewing them you’re busy fantasising about them with other men on the internet.”
Sarah Lloyd, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court that police confiscated five computers from his home in Rutland Street, Ilkeston, last year.
Police were led to his address after he uploaded child pornography using an email address registered to him.
She said 110,682 images and videos were found, ranging from the least serious category one to the most serious category five.
Miss Lloyd added that most of them were category one.
She said: “The defendant used Windows Live Messenger and Skype to distribute the images.”
She added that Mortley-Green also posed on the internet as a 14-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl to get young people to send him pictures.
“On one occasion he asked a 15-year-old boy to send a picture, which he did,” he said.
“He fully admitted all the offences, saying he had had a sexual interest in children for some 10 years.”
In mitigation, Martin Smith said that Mortley-Green had been having counselling for the last five months.
He added: “Since his arrest he has not further offended.”
In sentencing, Judge Gosling said: “These offences are serious because of the damage that they do to children.
“These children grow up to learn these images can never be deleted – they will always be out there.”
Judge Gosling also ordered that the five computers should be destroyed.