A woman was arrested charged and convicted of making indecent photographs of children after being caught with hundreds of photos, which showed adults having sex with children, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
20-year-old Amy Hickson of Southampton, was sentenced at the Winchester Crown Court to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years after she pleaded guilty to nine offenses of making indecent photographs of a child, two offenses of possession of extreme pornography and two offenses of possessing prohibited images of children.
Following the sentence, Dawn Hyland, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "This is a very disturbing case, where a 20-year-old female has downloaded shocking images of children, as young as two years old, being abused by adults.
"She had stored on her computer the images. Some photos were in her recycling bin, some in her deleted items and others under an Internet cache or other program files.
"The thorough investigation from Hampshire Police revealed that she started downloading these images when she was just 16 years old.
"The fact that she possessed on one folder 596 indecent images ranging from categories A to C, 15 extreme pornographic images involving bestiality, and that she had 522 prohibited images of children, demonstrates that these images had not been downloaded by mistake.
"Thanks to the police investigation, we were able to put a strong case before the court and as a result, Amy Hickson pleaded guilty.
"Anyone who downloads or possesses indecent and prohibited images of children contributes to the continuous and intolerable abuse of children.
"The Crown Prosecution Service with the help of the investigative authorities will prosecute vigorously these cases when there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest."