Marine Engineer David Evans, pictured outside Warwick Crown Court, had amassed a library of nearly 25,000 child abuse images and videos on his computer
A paedophile who kept a sick library of almost 25,000 indecent images and movies of children has been spared jail — so he can keep his job hiring boats out to families.
Marine Engineer David Evans, 64, was caught with 24,948 pictures and videos of children, mostly featuring pre-pubescent girls.
He had 47 movies and 136 stills of Category A abuse, which is classed in law as the worst level of sexual exploitation of children and babies.
There were a further 107 stills and one movie in Category B. And there were a massive 24,651 stills and six movies in Category C.
Evans, of Southam, Warwickshire, was handed an 18 month sentence, suspended for two years after he admitted three charges of making indecent images of children at Warwick Crown Court.
He was also ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £535 costs and sign the sex offender’s register for ten years.
Evans was spared jail when a court heard that if he was jailed he would lose his job hiring out boats to the public at weekends.
Recorder Rebecca Herbert said: ‘You have pleaded guilty to three matters involving making indecent photographs of children.
‘You had deliberately accessed this material. These are real children who are being abused so you can engage in your fantasy.
‘Make no mistake, what you have done is not a victimless offence. Young children are abused to feed the appetites of people like you.
‘However, I must also take into account the mitigating features. You are now 64 and have never been in trouble before, let alone for anything of this type.’
Prosecutor Andrew Hope said police raided Evans’ home after receiving information about his internet use last November.
Evans, of Southam, Warwickshire, was handed an 18 month sentence, suspended for two years after he admitted three charges of making indecent images of children at Warwick Crown Court (pictured)
They seized computers and other devices, on which a total of 24,948 indecent images of children, mostly pre-pubescent girls, were subsequently found.
When he was questioned, Evans admitted possessing the images, but said they were ‘mostly teens,’ although some of the girls were younger.
Evans, who had no previous convictions, said he had had an interest in such material for the past five or six years.
Graeme Simpson, defending, said: ‘He pleaded guilty at the first hearing in this court, and had made full admissions in interview.
‘If he goes into immediate custody he will lose his home and his employment, and his employers will lose a vital employee.’