David Russell, 36, admits having 18,000 indecent child images
A man from Cumbria has admitted downloading thousands of child abuse pictures over a seven-year period.
David Russell, 36, made more than 18,000 indecent photographs of children and distributed some of them, Carlisle Crown Court heard.
He pleaded guilty to five offences including possessing illegal images.
Russell, of Nateby, was bailed until 29 July for sentencing. The court heard 57 of the pictures were category A - the most serious.
The offences were committed between July 2008, and July 2015, the court heard.
Russell, of Nateby near Kirby Stephen, ordered to sign the sex offenders' register immediately.