A SEX offender who took and distributed sexual images of a child has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Nathan Walker (36), pictured, of Town Lane, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to two counts of taking an indecent photograph, two of distributing an incident image of a child, and one of possessing extreme pornography.
He also admitted three counts of making indecent images in relation to 291 images at Category A — the most extreme level — 40 at Category B and 159 at category C.
Ms Hollie Alcock, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court last Thursday: “On April 16 last year, the National Crime Agency received information that three images had been uploaded to the internet.
“They were first generation sexual abuse images, which mean they were taken by the person who uploaded them.
“Officers located his email and IP address and went to arrest him, during which they confiscated his laptop and mobile phone.
“The defendant said he had developed sexual urges towards children.
“He was in an internet forum and someone started uploading these images.
“That’s when he began distributing his images in exchange for other images and clips.”
Walker was also found to be in possession of an extreme pornographic clip which showed a woman involved in sexual activity with a dog.
Mr Khadim Al’Hassan, mitigating, said: “He is deeply ashamed of what he’s done.
“He got himself into a dark place.
“His drug abuse at that time distorted his mental function.
“It was totally out of character for him.
“He has started a business and turned his life around.
“There is hope for this young man.”
However, Recorder Ian Mullarkey said an immediate prison sentence was unavoidable and sentenced Walker to 30 months’ imprisonment.