He was ordered to register as a sex offender indefinitely and his computer equipment was forfeited.
Read next: Man due in court following shooting in pub near Bristol Of those 2,221 images, including 194 video clips, were deemed to be in the most serious abuse category.Once the images were recovered Paredes told police it was impossible for him to see all the pictures and videos people were sending him, but he understood the general content.Anna Vigars, defending, said her client accepted his behaviour was "despicable and unhealthy" and, unfortunately, he had had indecent thoughts and unhealthy fantasies.A PHD student studying at Bristol University was discovered with a ghastly collection of 13,000 child abuse images.Pedro Paredes was rumbled after he had a sexualised conversation with a youngster online.
Bristol Crown Court heard a search of his computer equipment established he had thousands of photos and some short video clips of boys being sexually abused.Paredes, 33, of Gullybrook Lane in Barton Hill, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children between July 2013 and January this year.He also admitted possessing 44 prohibited images of children, namely cartoons.Judge Julian Lambert said a short prison sentence would not cater for treatment, which Paredes has already started.The judge handed him a three year community order with supervision and a sex offender programme.Via a Spanish interpreter he told Paredes: "This is just within cases where treatment can be made available rather than the blunter weapon of prison."I prefer to treat you rather than to send you immediately to prison, which would not be long enough for treatment."It's time you came out of the dark corners of the internet and come into the light to see what damage you've done."Read next: Shop manager admits to drugging men so he could rape them Paredes was handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning him from unchecked online activity and online contact with children, other than family members in his native Mexico.