A PAEDOPHILE appeared in court where it was revealed he had stored nearly 50,000 indecent images of children.

Mark Grindon admitted seven counts relating to possession of sick sexual abuse images at Mannings Heath near Horsham.

The 37-year-old was already convicted of similar offences in 2014 and Chichester Crown Court ordered him not to possess devices capable of viewing the internet without being monitored by the police.

But Grindon created an alias without notifying the police, breaking his obligations under the sex offenders register.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court it was revealed Grindon had possession of a further 46,000 category C indecent images of children.

The paedophile also had 19 category A images depicting the most depraved kinds of sexual abuse, 155 category B images, and 42 extreme pornographic files depicting sex with an unknown live animal.

It was revealed that the animal sex scenes were “grossly offensive, disgusting, or otherwise of an obscene character”.

Jeremy King, prosecuting, told the court the offences are so serious that the case must be sent to the crown court for sentence.

The charges included breaching a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), breaching a notification requirement under the Sex Offenders Register, three charges of making indecent images of children, one charge of possessing indecent images of children, and one charge of possessing extreme pornography. All the charges were admitted.

Grindon, currently of HMP Lewes, now faces sentence on May 17.