Sunderland loner spared jail after being found with indecent images of children and extreme pornography
A loner with "no sexual attraction to adults" was caught with over 600 images of children being abused.
Marc Mallaby had a collection of 629 pictures and movies, featuring children as young as seven, and three extreme pornography images of women committing sex acts with dogs.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 37-year-old had been out when police went to his home in April 2019 but he then turned up at the police station voluntarily.
Prosecutor Jessica Slaughter said: "He said he knew why the police wanted to speak with him.
"He handed over his mobile phone with the photo gallery open, showing indecent images of children.
"A search was conducted and he fully assisted with the search.
"He identified a number of devices containing indecent images of children."
The court heard Mallaby's illegal haul contained 17 pictures and 148 videos in category A, which is the most serious, as well as 30 images and 20 movies in category B and 398 images plus 16 movies in category C.
Mallaby, of Cricklewood Road, Hylton Castle, Sunderland, admitted three offences of making indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.
Tony Davis, defending, said: "He is not sexually attracted to adults and finds it very difficult to have a normal life as a result of this."
Mr Davis said Mallaby, who has never been in trouble before, is in employment but is also primary carer for his father.
Judge Sarah Mallett said Mallaby is a "solitary and socially awkward individual" who has now taken steps to address his problems and has a good prospect of rehabiliation.
Mallaby was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months with rehabilitation requirements and 150 hours unpaid work.
He must sign the sex offenders register and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.