Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday that the photos and videos found on Daniel Thomas Oliver’s laptop and phone included children aged six, ten, 12 and 14 being seriously abused.
He also had 32 extreme pornographic images involving people having sex with a horse, dogs and pigs.
Oliver, of Mandeville, was given six months’ prison, suspended for two years. He was ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work, up to 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days and the Horizon sex offender programme.
At an earlier hearing he had pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images and possessing extreme pornographic material on March 25, 2019.
Sentencing the 26-year-old, chair of the bench Alison Marsh told him: “These are very serious offences and they are of a very unpleasant nature.
“In view of the number of images and nature of the images we do feel the custody threshold has been passed.
“In view of your youth, previous good character and willingness to change and turn things round we are suspending operation of the sentence.”
Prosecutor Micaila Williams said the National Crime Agency used information on someone uploading images to the Kick messenger app to trace Oliver.
Police seized devices from his home and analysed them.
In interview, he told officers that he had been using Kik since he was 15 and had four or five accounts on the site. One of the groups he was part of was called “No Rules”.
Oliver said he had been sent indecent images along with general porn. He had looked at the indecent images but he was not interested.
Miss Williams said: “Asked why he didn’t stop using Kik, he said he thought deleting the images would suffice.”
In mitigation, solicitor Julie Murtagh described her client as socially inept, having low self-esteem and “clearly someone struggling with mental health”. She said his pornography addiction and how he had ended up in court was “really quite sad”.
The court was told how he had sought solace with pornography after his father was diagnosed with cancer and it had provided an “instant hit of relief”. Like an addictive drug, said Miss Murtagh, he had then needed more and more to get the same “high”.
She added that his father was now receiving end of life care and Oliver telling his family of his court case had been a very difficult time.
A pre-sentence report by a probation officer concluded Oliver was a young man whose issues could be helped in the community.
He was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told to pay £115 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.