A JUDGE has condemned a Holmfirth man for making 'truly disgusting' images of children.
Christopher Coonan, 31, of Burnside Drive, appeared at Leeds Crown Court yesterday charged with 11 counts of making indecent images of children.
Prosecutor David McGonigal told the court images were discovered by Coonan’s girlfriend at the time in April 2011.
He said the images she found were themselves not indecent, but enough to raise concern.
Police later discovered 108 indecent images or movies of children on his computer at his former home in Victoria Street, Holmfirth and he was charged.
He later pleaded guilty.
The court heard in mitigation that Coonan had secured his computer so the images could not be distributed and had fully co-operated with probation reports.
Mr Justice Neil Clark told Coonan: “You’ve come before me for some truly disgusting practises of making indecent images of children.
“Children in those images were being abused and will have suffered physically and mentally.”
He said it was made worse by the fact that Coonan had “enjoyed looking at them being abused”.
The judge added: “The most important thing is that work is done with you that deals with whatever it is that motivates you to make these images”.
He sentenced him to a three-year community and supervision order with a high level activity requirement.
He must also be listed on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
Judge Clark warned Coonan that if he re-offends he would face custody despite no suspended sentence being issued.
He was ordered to pay £500 costs.