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Adam Nowicki jailed over child abuse files accessed by others

Adam Nowicki
Image caption Nowicki pleaded guilty to downloading and distributing indecent images

A man who distributed child abuse images and videos to more than 160 others across the world has been jailed for three years and four months.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Adam Nowicki collected almost 12,000 pictures and more than 700 videos over the course of more than four years.

He then stored them on his computer in a file that allowed other paedophiles to access them.

He told social workers: "Some children are sexual".

The court was told Nowicki had accepted 162 requests from other web users to view his collection, which included pictures of children under the age of six.

Fiscal depute Douglas Wiseman added that of the huge haul of pictures and videos found, 1683 pictures and 397 videos were at level four of the scale used to measure such images - depicting horrific sexual abuse of children by adults.

A total of 211 of the images and 52 of the videos were at the top level, level five, including images of sadism towards children.

'Disgusting crimes'

Nowicki, 26, from Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of downloading and distributing indecent images of children between February 1 2008 and June 30 2012.

He told social workers preparing background reports: "Some children are sexual - they pose for these things because they want to".

Paul Parker-Smith, defending, said: "He placed these images in a folder on his computer which can and has been accessed by other persons.

"It was a passive sense of distribution. He is a married man and is working as a joiner.

"We should rectify this wart on his character in the community rather than with prison.

"He doesn't have an interest in younger children - it is older children he is interested in."

Passing sentence, Sheriff George Way said: "These crimes are disgusting - for over four years you shared with 162 other people 12,847 images.

"I'm particularly appalled by your lack of any empathy for these children.

"You explained to the social workers that 'some children are sexual' and 'want to pose' for these disgusting and abusive images.

"Only a custodial sentence will mark the court's determination to denounce and deter this kind of vile practice."

The sheriff imposed a two year extended sentence on Nowicki, meaning he will be monitored in the community upon his release.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for life.

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