A charity shop volunteer was caught downloading indecent pictures of children after an investigation in America.
Mark Henderson was reported to British authorities by American officials dealing with missing and exploited youngsters after an email address he was using was connected to a child pornography group.
Police executed a warrant at his home of Whalley Road in Accrington in November 2014 and seized two mobile phones with 97 images and 31 videos including 17 videos and 11 pictures of level 1 - the most serious category.
Burnley Crown Court heard how he told officers at the scene ‘Can I admit something?
‘I’ve been on a group and they’ve been sending me images. It’s not just me, it’s a group of us.’
Henderson, 31, pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images and three counts of possessing indecent images.
He was given a three-year community order with supervision and given a sexual harm prevention order and police notification requirements for 10 years.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, told the court Henderson had been using a social media app to speak to people in America and was pretending to be a boy ‘aged 12 or 13’ call Carl.
The court heard how officers found more than 4,000 references on his phones and included conversations about Henderson wanting pictures and how he ‘enjoyed looking at girls in belly tops’.
Mr Parker said: “He seemed to be fairly well active in exchanging messages in order to facilitate the sending of pictures to him.”
When intervewed by police, Henderson said he initially used the messages to make friends and they started sending him pictures.
Mr Parker told the court how Henderson claimed he ‘didn’t like the pictures’ and ‘said they made him feel sick’ and that he ‘wasn’t sexually attracted to young girls’.
Peter Gilmour, defending, said Henderson suffers from ‘mild learning difficulties’ and that there was a ‘realistic prospect of rehabilitation’.
He also told the court how Henderson, now of High Street, Rishton, had been a volunteer worker sorting items at charity shops.
Judge Jonathan Gibson said images showed ‘dreadful scenes’.
He said: “Many of those photographs show very serious sexual offences being committed against children.”