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Paedo hunter found with 1,700 child abuse images – then tries to blame it on autism

Self-styled paedophile hunter Cameron Battisson downloaded 1,700 child abuse images over two years - after becoming attracted to the sickening photographs. The 21-year-old was arrested after police executed a warrant at his Sandyford home and seized his laptop and smartphone. Officers found 697 images at category A - the most serious, 500 at category B and 500 at C. Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Battisson initially accessed the twisted websites to snare paedophiles before becoming increasingly attracted to what he saw.

Cameron Battisson was found to have nearly 700 of the most severe category of child abuse images (Picture: BPM)

A vigilante who exposed paedophiles has been let off with a fine after downloading 1,700 child abuse images in two years.

Cameron Battisson, 21, used illegal websites to snare other perverts, but says he became increasingly attracted to what he saw.

He then started sharing the pictures with other paedophiles. Police found nearly 700 images of the most severe category of child abuse images on his laptop and phone.

Battison, from Sandyford, Staffordshire, was taken into custody following the raid on his home in July 2017.

Prosecutor William Donnelly said: When the defendant was interviewed by police following his arrest he said it began a couple of years prior when he began to explore this area of the internet.

He says initially it was in the hope he was going to be able to snare people involved in this sort of activity but some time thereafter began to become attracted to images of these children which he had seen and began to ask others to send him photographs and he too sending photographs to them.

Self-styled paedophile hunter Cameron Battisson downloaded 1,700 child abuse images over two years - after becoming attracted to the sickening photographs. The 21-year-old was arrested after police executed a warrant at his Sandyford home and seized his laptop and smartphone. Officers found 697 images at category A - the most serious, 500 at category B and 500 at C. Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Battisson initially accessed the twisted websites to snare paedophiles before becoming increasingly attracted to what he saw.

Battisson was spared jail after a judge heard he would be vulnerable in prison (Picture: BPM)

Battissons lawyer, Hamish Noble said he was diagnosed with autism and suffered from learning difficulties.

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He said: A female friend at college recommended to him the possibility of snaring people online. He went online but very quickly he forgot why he went on there and became involved in frequent downloading and sharing of these images.

However, Judge Paul Glenn said: I do not accept that your conduct can simply be explained by reference to the autistic spectrum disorder.

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