A sex offender shared images of the “cruellest and most savage form of child abuse” with fellow paedophiles after his “addiction spiralled out of control”.
Joshua Eynon told detectives his obsession with watching adult pornography escalated and that he began searching for vile material involving children being sexually attacked and exploited.
Nigel Fryer, prosecuting, said Gwent Police raided the defendant’s home in Caerphilly county last November.
They found more than 60 category A, B and C images on a mobile phone and evidence he has been distributing filth to other paedophiles.
Construction worker Eynon, 29, of Hengoed Avenue, Cefn Hengoed, near Ystrad Mynach, pleaded guilty to the distribution of indecent photographs of children.
He also admitted possession of indecent photographs of children and possession of an extreme animal pornographic image involving a dog.
Mr Fryer said the defendant had a previous sexual offence conviction for flashing. He also had convictions for battery, affray and criminal damage.
Judge Richard Williams said Eynon had watched and distributed images of “the cruellest and most savage form of child abuse. You said you had shared them with people who you described as like-minded.”
The judge said he was prepared to spare him immediate custody because “there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation”.
The defendant was jailed for 20 months, suspended for two years. He was ordered to complete 100 hours of a sex offender programme.
Eynon must also register as a sex offender, and he was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.
Many valley residents have slammed the sentence though; Laura Margeret, summed up the view of many when she hit out, saying:
“Our justice system is absolutely pathetic. He should be locked up. Between a little bit of weed and dirty nonces, I know who I would rather see locked up. Yet they get rehomed by schools, parks, everywhere where our kids are.
The laws are not interested in keeping our kids safe but will protect the nonces. I’m not blaming the police. Unfortunately, they are just doing their job, and I can imagine many have families and hate it as much as I. I blame higher up. The law is set for them to get away with it. The law needs to be updated.
They don’t like vigilantes, but as a frustrated parent, I get them so much. They won’t protect our kids so that we will simple.”