A convicted sex offender started a relationship with a single mother and then used her laptop to access indecent pictures of children.
Mathew Royale also persuaded the unsuspecting mum-of-three to get a broadband connection and buy him a mobile phone, which he used to search for pornographic images of children on the internet, Leicester Crown Court was told.
Prosecutor Victoria Rose said Royale (35) started a relationship with the woman in January last year.
He gradually befriended her and was eventually allowed to stay at her home, which she shared with her three young children.
It was then that he used her laptop computer to look at indecent pictures of children.
At the time, he was prohibited from accessing the internet by a sex offences prevention order (SOPO), imposed after he was convicted of distributing indecent images of children in November 2010 – something the woman was not aware of.
Royale, of Regent Road, Leicester, admitted breaching the SOPO between January and June last year by having access to the internet.
He also admitted failing to notify a change of address, in accordance with the sex offender register, two counts of possessing indecent images of children and breaching a suspended prison sentence.
He was sentenced to a three-year community order, with supervision, and requirements to live where directed by his supervising officer and to attend a sex offender programme.
He was also placed on a 12-month electronically monitored curfew, between 7pm and 7am.
Jacqui Callan, defending, said her client recognised he had a problem and had been working with a psychologist to try to stop his offending.