A COMPUTER specialist has been jailed for owning three 'paedophile manuals' which gave instructions on how best to gain the trust of children and abuse them.
They included an internet chat log sickeningly named “Help For New Parents”, Chester Crown Court heard.
Nicky Lloyd, 32, also had more than 24,000 indecent images of children on various phones and equipment, of which almost 5,000 were of the most serious category.
Judge Simon Berkson told him he had used his knowledge of IT “in the most disgraceful and disgusting way”.
“Behind every one of those downloads is a victim,” the judge said.
Lloyd, of no fixed abode but formerly of Straker Avenue, Ellesmere Port, and Nicholas Street, Chester, admitted nine charges and was jailed for a total of two years and two months.
He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), designed to protect children and vulnerable people, and must sign the sex offenders' register for 10 years.
Police received intelligence that his computer's IP address was being used to access indecent images of children and on June 16 last year executed a warrant at his home on Straker Avenue.
Officers seized computers, storage devices and other equipment before facing the task of sifting through more than two million items, images and videos.
They discovered a total of 4,963 images at the worst category A, 3,234 category B, and 16,086 category C. The pictures were collected over a period of 13 years, between December, 2003, and June, 2016.
They also found two electronic books, or 'paedophile manuals', which contained “advice or guidance about abusing children sexually”. There was also the internet chat log named 'Help For New Parents'.
Furthermore, officers discovered 324 prohibited images of children as well as extreme pornographic images.
Gareth Roberts, defending, told the court: “He [Lloyd] presents as a man who finds social interaction difficult. He has been a lonely man throughout his life.”
Mr Roberts stressed that although the defendant had engaged in online chat room communication about abusing children, there was no evidence he had ever approached or spoken to a child.
There was also no attempt to distribute the images – Lloyd just had them in his possession.
“He accepts that what he was doing was wrong,” Mr Roberts said. “He told me that he hated himself.
“There's some remorse and some understanding of the depths of his crimes.”
Detective Constable Andy Kent said: “Lloyd is an individual who had a clear and dangerous interest in children.
“His offending escalated from image collecting, to obtaining advice on the ‘dark web’, through to getting hold of a paedophile manual - which provides graphic guidance and instruction on how to select, groom, gain the trust and then sexually abuse children without getting caught.
“The Constabulary has a dedicated team whose role is to trace, locate and bring to justice online paedophiles.
“Our team has worked tirelessly to ensure a detailed file of evidence was put before the court, which has resulted in a guilty plea from Lloyd and a custodial sentence.
“Our priority is to protect children from harm and to identify and bring to account those who seek to cause harm. I would like to acknowledge the work of the force’s Paedophile Unit – and the dedicated team of officers who work tirelessly in tackling this type of crime.”
Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “The Constabulary has a duty to protect those who are most vulnerable within our communities and I am pleased to see that officers continue to work hard to find and bring to justice those who continue to break the law in such a disgraceful way.
“I would like to thank all of the officers and staff involved in ensuring offenders like this face the consequences of their actions and for the dedication and commitment that they have shown.
“I would like to assure the people of Cheshire that this type of action will continue, as the Constabulary works hard to make our communities safer.”
DC Kent added: “Paedophiles cannot hide online, the internet leaves a digital footprint and rest assured we will find it, and we will take action.
“We take offences of this nature extremely seriously and I hope that Lloyd’s time behind bars will allow him to reflect upon his actions – and the consequences of that.”