A GREAT-grandfather from Wrexham viewed indecent images involving children as young as 12-months-old.
But George Earnest Isaac, 62, who admitted a series of illegal images offences was spared immediate custody yesterday.
Isaac, of Y Wern, Caia Park, Wrexham, admitted 10 charges of making indecent images of children by downloading them from the internet.
He also admitted possessing 1,678 images together with four charges involving extreme images of sex between humans and animals, and prohibited photographs of cartoon images of children and adults having intercourse.
At Mold Crown Court he received a 10 month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and he was sent on a 35 session internet sex offender programme run by the probation service.
He was made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPA) and he must register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.
Judge Philip Hughes said the offences took place between December 2011 and June 2013 and involved more than 1,600 indecent images of children, extreme images of sex acts between humans and animals, and prohibited images which involved cartoon images of sex between children and adults.
“Some of the children were as young as one years of age. This is a bad case,” the judge told him.
But he was effectively a man of good character, he had no similar offences and he had significant health problems.
He would also receive full credit for his guilty pleas.
Richard Edwards, prosecuting, said police executed a search warrant at his home and he said while he had looked at images he had not stored them.
Search terms on the internet included pre-teen young, pre-teen models and child models.
Ceri Evans, defending, said Isaac was a hard-working, law abiding family man who had started looking at adult porn sites and it moved on to the sickening and shocking images the court had heard about.
He had been single since separating from his wife 20 years ago, he had four adult children who supported him, and he had five grand-children and two great grandchildren.
Isaac had been open with the probation service about his problems and expressed regret and shame for what he had done.
He was not a man in denial and was someone the probation service could work with, she said.