A Newmarket man viewing child pornography was caught as part of a police operation hundreds of miles away.
Fifty-eight-year-old Guy Hockaday had 901 images of children on his computer when officers raided his Exning Road home in March, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Friday.
His arrest came as a result of an operation launched by police in Gloucestershire. who monitored people who accessed a legitimate website which had been hacked to include the offer of child pornography.
Hockaday was identified after details were obtained from internet service providers. He was arrested and when interviewed admitted accessing websites which displayed illegal content.
“He said he usually started off with adult websites and then decided to view these images,” said Godfried Duah, prosecuting.
Hockaday pleaded guilty to an offence of making indecent images of a child. Mitigating Richard Harvey said five people had provided references which gave some insight into Hockaday’s background and how he became a heavy drinker, a problem which became worse following the death of first his mother and then his father.
Sentencing him, Judge John Devaux said that while such offences frequently attracted a prison sentence he was prepared to make Hockaday the subject of a three-year community order during which he will be under probation service supervision. He was also ordered to pay £900 towards prosecution costs.