A KIDS entertainer’s girlfriend found indecent images of children on his tablet, a court heard.
She dumped Samuel Stamp-Dod, 46, and told him to turn himself in.
Cops then found 216 category A images (the most serious), 304 at category B and 1,030 at category C on his devices.
The balloon artist, of Ipswich, admitted making indecent images of children and possessing an extreme pornographic image in January 2019.
Stamp-Dod, former chairman of a small business association, got eight months in jail suspended at the town’s crown court.
Judge Emma Peters told him that “those who view indecent images fuel child abuse.”
She added: “This is why you should hang your head in shame. It has an enormous and devastating impact on the lives of children.”
Stamp-Dod must also sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years and was made subject to a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
David Stewart, defending, said Stamp-Dod had already engaged with child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and helpline Stop It Now.
He added: “He makes no attempt to minimise or justify his actions.”
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