After uploading an indecent image of a child onto an internet site a man was traced by the police who found he had more than 190 other images of children as young as five.
But despite having tried to persuade someone to send him naked pictures of that young man’s five-year-old sister, Mark Goor has escaped being jailed.
Instead he was given a ten-month sentence suspended for two years by a judge at Warwick Crown Court and ordered to take part in a sex offender programme.
Goor,27, of Old Budbrooke Road, Hampton Magna, near Warwick, who had pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography, also has to register as a sex offender for ten years.
Elizabeth Power, prosecuting, said that as far back as April 2014 a category B indecent image, showing a child involved in a non-penetrative sex act, was uploaded onto the Instagram website.
An investigation led to the person who posted it being identified as Goor, and in July that year the police went to his home and seized his laptop and phone.
There was nothing incriminating on the laptop, but Miss Power pointed out Goor had only bought it a few weeks earlier.
However, on the phone were a number of indecent images of children, mainly pre-pubescent girls as young as five, and conversations showing he had an interest in young girls.
There were 72 category A images, defined as showing children being subjected to penetrative sex acts, 60 category B images and 60 category C images of children in naked or indecent poses but without sexual activity.
The majority were stills, but there were 10 category A movies, 10 category B movies and two category C.
In addition there was a movie classed as extreme pornography, involving sex acts between a woman and an animal.
The police also found text conversations including one where Goor asked the other person whether he had a sister.
Told that that young man had sisters aged five and 11, Goor responded: “Lucky. So you get to see them naked. Have you tried to do anything with them?”
The reply came back: “No, they’d tell my mum.”
But Goor then went on to ask for a naked picture of the younger girl to be sent to him.
When he was interviewed Goor, who had a caution when he was 19 for sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16, denied possessing the images on the phone, added Miss Power.