Matthew Gordon has been spared time behind bars after indecent pictures were discovered on his mobile phone.
The 22-year old’s home, in Stoke-on-Trent, was raided on September 1st, 2016, where police discovered the images.
David Bennett, the prosecutor, told the court that police had confiscated a mobile phone and a “large amount of computer equipment”. These were “submitted for examination” after the ISP address was traced to his home.
Gordon intended to “catch out” straight men by sending the inappropriate images to them. The court later heard, however, that no report had ever been made to the authorities.
The images that were found on the device were claimed to be a result of previous online communications, where “people began to send indecent photos of children”.
The Judge in court, David Fletcher, exclaimed that Gordon had “single-handedly wrecked” his own life because of his actions.
Gordon claimed that he was not aware that the pictures sent to him by the people he set out to catch were automatically saved to his phone.
The defence, Stuart Muldoon, said that Matthew was “struggling” with his sexuality at the time of the offence.
The Willow Tree Grove resident pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children. This amounted to 61 in total, whilst also pleading guilty to the distribution of them.
The business student, from Heron Cross, was given a suspended sentence, a 12-month community service order, and ordered to complete 140 hours of unpaid work. Gordon is also required to attend 3 weeks of rehabilitation.