Cambridge professor who shared thousands of child abuse images online spared jail.
Simon Jarvis, 53, was found to have almost 2,000 illegal images on various computers and online.
A pervert has admitted possessing thousands of indecent images and movies of children which a police officer said were among the worst he had ever seen.
Simon Jarvis, 53, was found with almost 2,000 illegal images on various computers and in online accounts when his city home and college room were raided by the National Crime Agency in September.
The abuse images, which included one of a baby, were discovered on four computers seized during the raid.
Other images showed ‘pubescent and pre-pubescent’ girls as young as 10 being sexually abused.
Of the almost 2,000 indecent images found, 45 were in the most serious Category A.
Cambridge Crown Court heard how ‘Yahoo chat logs’ containing ‘extremely graphic’ child abuse fantasies and software allowing access to the ‘Dark Web’ were also found.
He also posed pictures at the lower category C on a page on the Tumblr website under a pseudonym, the court heard.
The court heard while the oldest charged related to material from 2011 he admitted to NCA officers to viewing child abuse material online since 2000.
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After his arrest he told investigators he had sexual fantasies about young girls, sometimes as young as four.
Jarvis pleaded guilty to four charges of making and two of distributing indecent images of children, five charges of possessing prohibited images and one of possessing extreme pornography, at Friday’s hearing.
Claire Matthews, defending Jarvis, told the court the academic had been battling ‘demons’ and being caught had come as something of a ‘release’.
She said: ‘He has mental health issues. He is a bright, intelligent and educated man who knows what he was doing was incredibly wrong. He experienced complete shame throughout.’
He was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years, with a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and must pay £670 prosecution costs.
Sentencing him, Judge David Farrell QC said: ‘You are an intelligent man, a professor of English literature at the University of Cambridge.
‘As such, in my judgment, you must have know that by accessing and viewing indecent images of children you were indirectly encouraging the abuse of children.
‘You were looking at these images for your own perverted sexual gratification.’
But, the judge added, Jarvis had been open with police about ‘what has been described as having an addiction to porn that progressed and included indecent images of children’.
He said Jarvis posed a ‘low to moderate risk’ to children and had taken steps since his arrest to get help, and would receive better treatment and rehabilitation if he was not immediately jailed.
After the hearing, a university spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that Jarvis has been suspended from his post, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
‘We continue to offer support to anyone who has concerns about the case.’
Martin Ludlow, from the National Crime Agency’s child exploitation and online protection command, said: ‘Whilst there is no evidence to suggest there has been any contact abuse by Jarvis, every image in his possession was created as a result of a child being sexually abused.’
Jarvis was also ordered to do up to 40 days of rehabilitation with the probation service and to comply with notification requirement with the police and the National Crime Agency for ten years.
His access to the internet, electrical devices and contact with anyone under 18 was banned except with police or parental consent.