A pervert who was caught with a “depraved” collection of images of children being abused has been spared jail.
Christopher Hutchinson was caught with 174 photographs and movies on his computer and two mobile phones when police raided his home.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the authorities had been tipped off by his internet provider about the type of images being downloaded.
The 38-year-old, of Bayswater Avenue, Sunderland, admitted making and possessing indecent photographs of children.
The raid took place on August 28.
Judge Tim Gittins said the pictures were “depraved sexual images” which had been downloaded from the internet but not shared or shown to anyone else.
The judge told Hutchinson: “I have to balance the need to punish you with the public interest in seeking to deter you from this sort of behaviour in future.”
Hutchinson was sentenced to 11 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision, 10 year sex offender registration and a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.
Jonathan Devlin, defending, said: “It is a choice between a relatively short immediate prison sentence or some help.”