A MAN was arrested after his stash of internet pornography was spotted.
George Hyde, 57, asked ‘a friend of a friend’ to do some work on his computer, Durham Crown Court heard.
“That person spotted the indecent images and told Hyde he should not have them,” said Martin Towers, prosecuting.
“The same person returned a few weeks later to do some more work on the computer and noticed the images were still there.
“Hyde was arrested after police received an anonymous tip-off.”
The court heard Hyde’s computer contained 126 indecent images of children and 165 extreme pornographic images
Hyde, of Hall Crescent, Peterlee, admitted possessing indecent images of children.
The court was told he has a previous conviction for a sexual offence in 1997.
Stephen Constantine, defending, cut short his mitigation when Judge Christopher Prince indicated he would not send Hyde to prison.
Judge Prince sentenced Hyde to a three-year community order with an extended sex offender treatment programme.
Hyde must also sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.