A former council road sweeper has been jailed for 12 months after he was found to have 161 indecent images of children on his laptop computer.
John Bull prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court officers executed a search warrant at the Newsome home of Harold Hayden on June 28 last year and seized his laptop.
Investigation showed of the images found, 86 were Category A, the most serious involving abuse of children as young as three.
The court heard Hayden also had a previous conviction in 1997 for sexual assault of a girl under 16 for which he was jailed for two years.
Zara Begum representing Hayden said he had not been able to work because of ill health for some time and now faced losing his job if locked up. He had expressed remorse for his actions.
Hayden, 57 of Falcon Street, Newsome, admitted six charges of making indecent images.
Jailing him Judge Tom Bayliss QC said: “Those who download, as you did, these indecent images promulgate the sexual abuse of children. You create a market for doing it.”
He said he accepted his last court appearance was in 2001 for assault but added: “Of concern to me is that in 1997 when you were aged 38 you were sent to prison for sexual assault on a female under 16. There was a significant disparity in the age between you and your victim on that occasion.
“I accept that was committed 19 years ago but it means in the past you have shown yourself to have paedophiliac tendencies and put them into practice.”
Judge Bayliss said the images in the current case depicted children some as young as two or three and including some moving images.
While a pre-sentence report suggest the probation service could work with him: “I take the view in light of the fact it is not the first time you have offended against children there has to be a prison sentence.”