A pervert who kept a stash of indecent images on his computer has been spared jail.
Anthony Thomas Bullough, 32, who was living in Chorley but is now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of possessing indecent images when he appeared at Preston Crown Court.
Some of the images depicted children as young as eight.
Mr Joe Almond, prosecuting, told the court police executed a search warrant at the home Bullough lived in with his brother and grandmother in Chorley on August 15, 2012.
Bullough was arrested and his computer was seized. He told officers they would find indecent images on the computer as he had stumbled upon them while trying to download a film.
Bullough was released on bail but in July last year officers returned to the address to execute a further warrant and Bullough told officers he had child pornography on his computer.
During police interview Bullough said he had been speaking to children on Skype and had intended to ask them to send him pictures of themselves. However, the court heard there was no evidence Bullough had ever done that.
Mr Almond said: “He talked as if he wanted a sexual encounter with children and wanted to meet up. He went on to say he would never go through with it because he feared if he met up with them they would not transpire to be children. He wanted to meet them but he was fearful of being assaulted.”
Mr Mark Goodwin, defending, told the court: “He feels better now things are out in the open. He is desperate for help. He has no intention of reoffending but he knows the reality of what he calls an addiction, that it does require treatment and he is eager to have that.”
Bullough, who is now homeless, was handed a three-year community order with supervision. He must take part in a sex offenders’ programme plus sign the register for seven years.