A convicted paedophile, who had been released early from a three-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 14-year-old-girl, was caught with thousands of child abuse images.
Kenneth Cooper, 60, of Magnon Court, Leighton Buzzard, shared 500 of the pictures and movies with other perverts, Luton Crown Court heard on Tuesday.
After hearing that Cooper had also been convicted of having indecent images of children in 2004, Judge David Farrell QC said that he regarded him as posing a significant risk of causing sexual harm to children.
He passed an extended sentence of seven years. Cooper received a jail sentence of three years and four months with a further three years eights months when he will be on licence and liable to be recalled to prison.
Prosecutor Daniel Siong said the police raided Cooper’s flat on March 12 this year. There was a delay before Cooper opened the door. He had hidden a computer, called Ken’s Notebook, in cellophane and towels.
After a search police found the computer. It was analysed and found to contain over 400 Category A images - the most serious level. There were more than 1,300 at Level B and more than 13,000 at Level C.
A total of 531 of the images had been placed on a file server by Cooper so he could share them with other paedophiles.
Mr Siong said at the time of his arrest, Cooper was coming off the licence from the sentence he received in 2012 for abusing the girl.
Cooper pleaded guilty to six charges: distributing indecent images, three charges of downloading Category A, B and C images, and two of possessing indecent images.
Andrew Morton, defending, said Cooper was an “isolated individual” who had not engaged with probation officers when he was released on licence from his previous sentence.
Mr Morton said: “He expresses regret and contrition. The majority of the images were at Level C - the lowest level.”
Mr Morton went on: “He hopes he can have access to remedial programmes while he is in prison.”
Judge Farrell told him: “You are a convicted paedophile who has offended yet again.
“You are a persistent and deliberate sex offender. You can’t stop yourself.
“Without treatment, which I hope you will get in custody, you will continue to present a risk of causing sexual harm to children.”
Cooper must also register as a sex offender and abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.