A PAEDOPHILE who was jailed for sexually assaulting a young girl is back behind bars after police found he had downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children.

In 2000 Stephen Knight was sentenced to four years in prison for abusing the girl and then, in 2016, served a further 10 months behind bars for possessing indecent images of children with intent to distribute them.

A sexual harm prevention order was made requiring Knight to produce internet-enabled equipment and storage devices to police for examination upon request.

Bolton Crown Court heard how, on February 3 last year, an officer called at his mother’s home in Somerset Road, Atherton, and, when they examined his Amazon Fire tablet, found indecent images of children on it.

Mark Stephenson, prosecuting, told how further devices and storage cards were found at his home in Primrose Street North, Tyldesley.

In total 541 of the most serious Category A indecent images, including a video, were discovered as well as 316 Category B images and 427 in Category C. Officers also discovered two photographs Knight had taken of a child in a neighbour’s garden.

During the search police also uncovered numerous files containing fantasy stories about the abuse of children.

After the devices were examined Knight, aged 47, was arrested at his home on June 18 this year and denied he had any further devices or storage cards but several were found at the property.

Knight pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children and one of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Anna Bond, defending, told the court that Knight’s guilty pleas demonstrate his remorse.

Recorder of Bolton, Judge Martin Walsh sentenced Knight to 30 months in prison and made him subject to a sexual harm prevention order for a further 10 years.

“These are not victimless crimes,” he told Knight.