A 39-year-old man has been made the subject of a community order for three years after 94 indecent images of children were found on his computer.

Lawrence Walker, of Parish Ghyll Drive, Ilkley, admitted possessing the images which were discovered by his former wife in early 2005.

But Bradford Crown Court heard today that Walker's guilty plea was on the basis that he had not paid attention to the file titles he was downloading because of his dyslexia.

Prosecutor Peter Moulson said the images were downloaded in 2003, but Walker was not questioned about them until February 2006.

Barrister Jeremy Lindsay, for Walker, said his client was using a file-sharing programme and about 200 lines of information had appeared on his computer screen.

"Because of his dyslexia he did not pay attention because as he put it he is frankly frightened of words," submitted Mr Lindsay.

He conceded that his client had not deleted the images after they had been downloaded, but he said there was no evidence of any sexual motivation.

Mr Lindsay added that the images were not hidden in some secret cache and there was no evidence of similar material on other computer equipment.

Judge John Taylor pointed out that such offences ordinarily resulted in a custodial sentence but after taking account of the accepted circumstances and a pre-sentence report on Walker he concluded that a three-year community order with supervision was appropriate.

Walker, who has to sign on the sex offenders' register for the next five years, will also attend an internet sexual offending programme.