A married businessman who downloaded videos of children being sexually abused has been jailed for eight months at Lincoln Crown Court.
Anthony Mizon attracted the attention of police after accessing the illegal images through a file sharing system which allowed other people to view what he had downloaded.
Christopher Geeson, prosecuting, said that officers carried out a search of Mizon’s home in Stamford and also visited his work place in Cambridge.
Mr Geeson said: “Mr Mizon was frank with the police. He said he did use the GigaTribe file sharing site and said he had probably downloaded child pornography but said it was unintentional.
“He handed over his laptop. An analysis took place and a number of items of child pornography were found.”
A total of 170 indecent images of children were found of which 129 were videos.
Mr Geeson added: “He made admissions in interview. He said he was into teen girls aged 13 and upwards engaging in sexual activity.”
Mizon, 36, of Highgrove Gardens, Stamford, admitted three offences of making an indecent photograph of a child.
He also admitted possession of extreme pornography.
Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence on June 24, placed Mizon on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and told him: “You are an intelligent, well-educated and well-qualified man.
“You are a married man and there you were downloading the most disgusting material. Every time such an image is made a child, very often a very young child, is grievously abused.
“These are real children not disembodied images. There are not actors but real children who are grievously abused.
“These offences are so serious that the only sentences I can justify are custodial sentences.”
Rod Hayler, in mitigation, said that Mizon has struggled to comprehend what he did.
He said that Mizon has sought counselling as well as help from a psychotherapist who works with sex offenders.