A man has appeared in court after pleading guilty to making indecent images of children.
David Lindsay, of South Parade in Cleckheaton, was given a three year community order and told he must comply with the Sex Offender Treatment Programme.
Leeds Crown Court was told that Lindsay, 40, purchased a total of 27 DVDs from Canada in 2006, which contained over 300 explicit images of children. Most of the images fell into the Category B level of offending.
Police attended Lindsay’s home in October 2014 as part of a wider enquiry into the importation of such materials from Canada. When they issued him with a caution, he is said to have responded, “Is it about the DVDs from Canada?”
He was charged in April this year and pleaded guilty to the offences.
It was heard that he had informed his employers of his circumstances and had lost his job as a result. His representative said Lindsay was “remorseful” for his actions and has been undergoing specialist therapy with a counsellor.
Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC said: “Your life was very straightforward except now you have a problem - that is a problem that results in you gaining pleasure from viewing images of children.
“You have begun to seek help for it so you will be able to deal with the issues you face.”
Lindsay is subject to a number of restrictions, including not having unsupervised contact with persons under 16 and not being able to purchase a computer or smartphone without consent.