A Lynn man has been jailed for two years for making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Simon Chubb, 39, of Weedon Way, Fairstead, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Thursday, having pleaded guilty to a total of 13 charges at an earlier hearing.
He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order barring him from having unsupervised contact with under 18s, as well as restricting his use of computers and the internet.
The offences came to light as part of an investigation initiated by Durham police.
The court heard that Chubb had set up a folder, which contained images of children aged under eight, on an online distribution network.
Christopher Youell, prosecuting, said his password to the folder was given to a total of 218 people, though it was not known how many had actually used it.
The court also heard that the images had been taken all over the world and the victims of the abuse shown in them had not been traced.
At the time of his arrest, Chubb had a total of 950 indecent images and videos stored on his laptop computer.
Mr Youell said that, when interviewed on August 28, last year, Chubb made “full and frank” admissions to police, including his use of a Facebook profile in which he pretended to be much younger in order to interact with teenage girls.
However, he denied ever making contact with the children and said he did not consider himself to be a danger.
Isobel Acherson, mitigating, said her client recognised that he had a problem, adding: “He is more than willing to deal with this problem.”
Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Coleman told him: “This investigation arose out of a search and seizure of computer material found in your possession.”
“You were involved in an act of distribution and making available the information you had gained.”
Det Con Mark Stratford, who led the Norfolk Police investigation into Chubb’s activity, said after the hearing: “We hope this case sends out a strong message to those possessing such images that the Constabulary is committed to bringing such offenders to justice.
“We should remember that behind every image there is a victim of abuse and this sentence reflects the seriousness of this crime.”