A Nottinghamshire man who exchanged thousands of photos and videos of child sex abuse online has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Brett Green was found guilty of the highest category of abuse after using a 'peer-to-peer' network to share the bank of child porn with another web user, half way round the world.
The recipient of the huge stash of illegal images is believed to be in South Africa.
The Notts man, 32, from Bircotes was caught red-handed by CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency, in February this year and was traced to Nottinghamshire before and faced a sentencing yesterday, Thursday, December 3, at Nottingham Crown Court.
Nottinghamshire Police said the investigation found that Green had been corresponding with a man using the name Diego Duran since January 2014.
Communicating by Skype, Green obtained a number of videos from Duran and also supplied indecent footage to him.
The pair discussed which websites, downloading tools and peer-to-peer file-sharing applications to visit or use.
Examination of Green’s laptop and desktop computers found around 16,000 indecent images and videos had been downloaded or partially downloaded between 2012 and his arrest at his home in April 2015.
Green, had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to seven charges of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
In addition to the prison sentence he will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Stuart Dolby said: “Green’s case demonstrates the way in which paedophiles are using the web to engage in an international exchange of images of videos of children being abused for the gratification of adults.
“Green admitted that he knew what he was doing was utterly wrong, but clearly this did not stop him from viewing and exchanging the content. It was only the intervention of CEOP and Nottinghamshire Police, and the seizure of his computers which prevented him from continuing his interest in this material.
“What this also shows is that the use of the web by paedophiles is being stringently monitored by such as CEOP and other law enforcement agencies around the world.
“This case should send out the strongest possible message that here is no hiding place for paedophiles even on the so-called ‘dark web’ or private networks.”