WHEN a Solihull paper boy found a computer memory stick while he was out on his round in Monastery Drive he took it home and plugged it into his own computer to try to identify the owner.
The 15-year-old had planned to return it until he found it contained indecent images of children.
So he showed his father and they took it to the police who traced it to 57-year-old Christopher Payne, Warwick Crown Court has heard.
In court Payne, of Valley Road, Elmdon pleaded guilty to a total of 17 charges of making indecent images of children on dates between January 2008 and December 2010.
The court heard the 4,393 images spanned all five levels of seriousness.
Prosecutor Alistair Redford said that when first questioned by police Payne made no comment, but in a later interview he made full admissions, saying he was disgusted with himself.
Andrew Tucker, defending, said: "He is thoroughly ashamed of what he did."
Payne was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years, with two years supervision, and was ordered to take part in a sex offender programme and to register as a sex offender for ten years.