Teen put on sex offender list after admitting having almost 3,000 sick photos of kids

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A teenager has been told he must register as a sex offender after being caught with almost 3,000 indecent images of children.

John King pleaded guilty to making and possessing 2,879 sickening pictures when he appeared at a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court today.

The 19-year-old, of Glencourse, East Boldon, will be sentenced next year but was told he must register his name as a sex offender immediately.

Judge Brian Forster told him: “I can not say what the sentence will be but you must now register as a sex offender with the police.”

The judge said King must keep appointments for the preparation of pre-sentence reports.

Judge Forster added: “It is important the judge dealing with the case has as much information about you as possible to understand what has been going on and what the surrounding circumstances are. “

Vic Laffey, defending, said King will be seen by the mental health team before the case is back at court.

Mr Laffey added: “He is 19 years old and never been in any sort of trouble before.”