A supermarket worker caught with 13,000 indecent images of children must to attend a sexual offender treatment programme.
Colin Stevenson, aged 35, had tens of thousands of images and hundreds of videos stored on his computer and mobile phone.
He was caught when he fell behind on repayments for a computer he had bought from flexible payment retailer Perfect Home. The company took it back from him in June 2013.
Catherine Duffy, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said: “A technician began to examine the computer to refurbish it.
“He found, in a folder called ‘Colin’ in the recycle bin, there were a number of images of naked children.”
The police were called and Stevenson was arrested. He told officers his ex-boyfriend had given him two USB sticks, which he downloaded. He deleted the files when he saw they contained indecent images.
Rebecca Tanner, for Stevenson, said: “Although 35 years of age, he is relatively inexperienced in terms of sexual encounters.
“He is longing to be accepted having been disappointed during his only previous sexual relationships. He is still unable to discuss his sexuality with his family and is hoping to find a forever partner.”
Stevenson, of Queen Avenue, Maltby, pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs of children and extreme pornographic images. He was sentenced to a community order with three-year supervision requirement and was ordered to attend a sexual offender treatment programme.