A ‘stressed’ 35-year-old man from Sutton Bridge caught with a stash of more than 1,000 indecent images of children has been set free by top judges.
Russell Ian Nason, of Wright’s Lane, was jailed for eight months at Lincoln Crown Court on February 9.
He admitted three counts of making indecent photos of children as well as possession of extreme pornographic images.
Police raided his home on September 13, 2016 and found the images stored on three electronic devices.
There were a total of 1,081 indecent photos, including 201 in the very worst category.
Two extreme pornographic images were also found, Judge Anthony Leonard told London’s Appeal Court today (Friday).
The stash had been created by Nason, who was of previous good character, over a seven-year period.
In police interview, he said he suffered with stress over finances and the mental strain of looking after his partner, who has Asperger’s.
Nason said he only looked at the material when he was under pressure and denied having a sexual interest in children.
But he accepted viewing some of the images had aroused him, said the judge.
A probation officer’s report described how Nason had suffered from depression for many years and it intensified when he became his partner’s carer in 2012.
A statement from her father highlighted the way in which Nason sought to care for her in ‘very difficult circumstances’.
The judge who jailed him said he ‘deliberately and systematically searched for indecent images of children over a number of years’.
But his lawyers argued that the Crown Court judge was wrong to jail him as a ‘proper alternative to immediate custody existed’.
Judge Leonard said the eight-month jail term was ‘within the guidelines’, but that Nason deserved credit for his ‘exceptional mitigation’.
Sitting with two other judges, he said the stress he was under was ‘only too clear’.
The court quashed the eight-month jail term and replaced it with a six-month suspended sentence.
Nason will also have to take part in a sexual offender group work programme.