A teenager found with nearly 1,000 indecent images of children on his computer after uploading a photo of himself naked to a Russian website has avoided going to prison.
Jake Albany, 19, from St George's Road East in Aldershot, received a six-month suspended jail term at Winchester Crown Court on March 6 having previously pleaded guilty to 22 charges of making indecent photos of a child.
The court heard how the offences came to light 12 months ago when the police received information that a user on a Russian file sharing website had uploaded a photo of a boy, who looked about 18, naked in the snow.
After initially denying any knowledge of the photo when first asked by police, Albany, admitted uploading the image of himself when a police officer spotted a pair of shoes in his house which matched those in the photo.
Prosecutor Dawn Hyland said: "His computer was seized and subjected to an examination. Police found 967 indecent images."
Miss Hyland said the 19-year-old could no longer retrieve most of the photos on his computer. She also confirmed there was no suggestion Albany had taken or uploaded any images himself - except for the one of him in the snow - with the other images having been downloaded instead.
The judge, Recorder Jonathan Barnes, told Albany he would get the help he wants and needs.
"I'm not going to send you to prison today," he said. "You downloaded the images for a sharing website and also posted a photo of you naked in the snow. There's no suggestion you took any indecent images of children or distributed to others.
"To your credit you are a hardworking young man. You have made it quite clear you recognise you have had a problem in wanting to look at this material and you are willing to accept the help which is put on offer."
Albany received a six-month prison sentence for five counts, four months for three counts and two months for the other 14 counts. All have been suspended for two years and are to run concurrently.
He was also given a two-year supervision order, treatment to help him with his sexual interests and a sexual offences prevention order for five years as well as a victim surcharge of £80.
"I'm satisfied as evidenced by these charges making this order is necessary for public protection in the short term," added Recorder Barnes.
"I hope and expect with the benefit of the programme and supervision you will no longer, in due course, present a danger to the public."