A STAFFORD man 'addicted' to indecent images of children has been jailed for flouting an order banning his accessing the internet.
Police discovered two laptops and other internet devices hidden at Robert Hicks's home in Stafford during a routine risk assessment check.
The laptops were later examined and found to contain thousands of indecent images of children.
Stafford crown court heard the defendant had a string of previous convictions and jail sentences involving indecent images of children.
Fiona Cortese said in April this year police paid Hicks a surprise visit at his home to carry out a risk assessment and found a memory card in his bedroom.
That led to a more thorough search in July when two laptops were recovered, one hidden behind a bath panel, the other behind some books, along with a SIM card.
Hicks, aged 59, of Christie Avenue, Stafford was jailed for a total of 28 months after admitting charges of breaching the SOPO and making indecent images of children.
Recorder David Mason QC said: "He has an addiction to this type of behaviour."
The judge heard Hicks had 61 previous convictions involving indecent images of children and breaches of the order. In January 2010, Hicks, a former RAF serviceman and hospital radio enthusiast, was jailed for 39 months.
The judge told him: "I hope you mean what you say - you recognise you have a problem in looking at child pornography."
Miss Cortese said the analysis of the laptops showed Hicks had been actively searching for images of children on the internet.
When questioned, he said he would search for photos of children aged around 13 and that he needed help to address this "fascination".
He said he had hidden the laptops and other equipment because he knew he wasn't supposed to have them.
Joanne Clark, defending, said: "He cannot deal with this on his own without some help. He has continued to download indecent images, but he's had no actual contact with children."