A 27-YEAR-OLD male nurse was given a six-month prison sentence for possessing indecent images of children.
Adrian Paul Jones, of Percival Close, The Dale, Moston, admitted having 13 images on April 10, last year.
Jones, a psychiatric nurse of previous good character, was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Monday.
Rhys Rowlands, prosecuting, told the court police officers had executed a search warrant at Jones's home in April 2003, and taken his computer.
They found a folder containing 129 thumbnail images, 13 of which were indecent photographs of children.
Mr Rowlands said: 'The images were unsolicited by him and he didn't know their content. But once viewed by him he did absolutely nothing to delete them. It is an extremely easy task to delete them. He was saying he didn't know how to.'
He said the images were 'mostly level 1' - at the lower end of the scale - but there were two 'level 4s' which depicted graphic sexual activity between children and adults.
Mr Rowlands told the court: 'It simply isn't possible to trace who sent the images to him.'
Christine Neame, defending, said when the images were sent to Jones they were not 'obviously indecent'. 'All that could be seen originally was the file names,' she said.
She added: 'He is in a stable relationship, has a supportive family, and his arrest and the proceedings have had a shattering impact on him and his family.'
Miss Neame said in his employment Jones had risen to the position of staff nurse.
'It's a career that he enjoyed. It's a career that's now over. Within the last seven days he was effectively given the choice of resign or you will be sacked.'
She told Judge Michael Farmer: 'Mr Jones is somebody who is open to the prospect of treatment. He realises he has brought shame upon himself and his family as well.
'The public interest would be better served in the case of Mr Jones by a period of supervision by probation combined with a sexual offenders' programme.'
However, Judge Farmer said he found Jones's explanation that he did not know how to delete the images 'wholly incredible'. He said: 'This is a man who used this material for his own sexual gratification. He is not man enough to face up to it yet.'
Sentencing Jones to six months' imprisonment he told him: 'They are truly horrifying images . These children were, as you put it, real children, abused for the purpose of gratifying the perverted sexual activities of people like you. It is truly wicked behaviour.'