Police discovered stash of child abuse images after they raided the home of a pensioner, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
When officers arrived at the home of Andrew Ulavicius he told them “I’m not a paedophile. I’m just curious.”
Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said that a laptop computer and a USB stick were taken away and examined resulting in the discovery of a large number of indecent images of children.
A total of 404 indecent images were found on the laptop, including 145 of the most serious category.
In addition there were 1,000 prohibited images of children which included cartoons and mocked up images. There was also 159 extreme pornographic images.
The USB stick contained 196 indecent images of children, 852 prohibited images and 107 images of extreme pornography.
Some of the images featured girls as young as four being sexually abused.
Mr Dee said: “The defendant gave what appears to have been an unusually candid interview. He spoke about his own sexual problems and how a variety of extreme pornography was required to arouse him.”
Ulavicius, 72, of New Swan Close, Witham St Hughs, admitted charges of possession of pornographic images of children, possession of prohibited images of children and possession of extreme pornography.
He was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years and a requirement to complete up to 30 days rehabilitation activity.
He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
David Stanton, in mitigation, said that Ulavicius has sought help for his issues and a psychotherapist has made an assessment that she was optimistic about his future.
He urged that Ulavicius should receive a community order rather than any form of prison sentence.