A self-employed tutor who was found to have bestiality images on his computer equipment has fallen victim to state snooping.
Leeds Crown Court heard police raided a man's home because of suspicious activity on his use of the internet.
Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, said the house was searched and a laptop and two external hard drives were seized. When they were examined 39 moving images involving adults and animals were found.
The unfortunate victim explained that he was not aware it was a criminal offence. His defence lawyer said:
He is mortified he has committed a criminal offence. Had he realised he would have steered clear of them.
He was given two months in prison suspended for two years and has to attend 10 rehabilitation activity days. He was also fined £340.