A NEWTON Abbot man was caught with 821 child abuse images after sending them through a chat contact.

Jack Parnell was given the address of a drop box by his friend online and downloaded the images, 91 of which showed children being severely sexually assaulted.

He later told police he was depressed at the time and considered what he had done a form of self-harm.

Parnell, 27, of Pinewood Road, admitted to three counts of fabricating, by uploading, indecent images of children.

He was ordered to do 20 days of rehabilitation activities, 80 hours of unpaid community work and pay £200 costs by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.

He told her that the three-year delay in bringing the case to court had given him a chance to show he could stay out of trouble and show his remorse.

He said: “You now appreciate the terrible harm caused to children by the creation of these images. Without people like you creating demand, it’s likely there would be a lot less, which is why these offenses are serious.

Mr Nigel Wraith, prosecuting, said police raided Parnell’s home on May 3, 2019 and found footage of a tower computer and storage device.

It had 91 in Category A, which described acts of penetration against children, and 730 and the two lower levels. He told police he was asked if he wanted to see images by an online contact and downloaded them from a drop box.

He told police in an interview that viewing the footage was a form of self-harm.

Miss Bathsheba Cassel, defending, asked the judge to follow the suggestion of a pre-sentence probation report which noted Parnell’s remorse and willingness to change.