An Eastbourne man who posed as a 17-year-old to get boys to send him explicit images of themselves was jailed for four years and four months on Monday (December 15).
Trevor Metcalfe, 52, also shared his huge collection of child sex abuse images with others over the internet.
Prosecutor Beverley Cripps told St Albans Crown Court that the number of illegal movies and images found by the police were ‘too vast to analyse’. She said there were between 10,000 and 30,000 movies.
Most of the images and movies were of boys aged between 10 and 15, though some were as young as five years old.
Metcalfe was using three different email addresses and a Russian site to swap and share the images.
Officers went to an address in Hertford on July 31 2014 to speak to Metcalfe, but he had moved to Eastbourne. He was arrested in Eastbourne and two computers were seized.
While he was out on bail, he rang the police himself to say that he had breached his bail conditions by downloading more images. A laptop and two more computers were seized.
Metcalfe, of Hurst Road, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to 23 charges: inciting child pornography, 11 of distributing indecent images of children and 11 of downloading indecent images of children.
Judge Jonathan Carroll jailed him for a total of 52 months. He must register as a Sex Offender for life and must abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
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