A primary school caretaker lost his job and marriage after he was caught downloading child abuse images.
Christopher Savage strayed from adult pornography to looking at images of tots as young as one being molested, Bristol Crown Court heard.
The offending has left him without a wife, without work and living in a motorhome.
Savage, 55, whose address was given as Kings Field in Rangeworthy, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images of children.
Judge Euan Ambrose handed him eight months’ jail, suspended for two years.
He told Savage: “The appetite for people viewing these images contributes to their original production.
“That is something you are now fully aware of.”
Savage was ordered to have one-to-one rehabilitation over 35 days and was handed a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order designed to stop him reoffending.
He was also told to register as a sex offender and was barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.
Nicholas Lee, prosecuting, said an agency based in the USA established Savage’s email address had uploaded a child abuse image to an internet website.
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Police then knocked on his door, seized two mobile phones and found he had some 400 child abuse images.
Of those 47 were deemed to be the most serious abuse Category A.
There were also 152 Category B images as well as a moving image, and 201 Category C images with two moving images.
It was established Savage had used child abuse search terms on the internet, retrieving abuse images which included a tot as young as one.
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He told police that, for some 18 months, curiosity had caused him to view the material and, though it was not his character it escalated.
Caighli Taylor, defending, said: “He is deeply sorry and deeply ashamed, which is reflected in the early guilty plea.
“He made candid admissions in interview and attended voluntarily.”
Miss Taylor said the offending was unsophisticated as Savage had used how own email account for his activities.
She said as a result he and his wife were no longer together, he had lost his friends, his job and was living off his savings in motorhome.
Miss Taylor said: “He understands this offending isn’t victimless.”
Savage had already sought help and consulted his GP, the court heard.