A man has been charged with possessing indecent images of children after police found more than 2,800 images and 250 videos on computer equipment.
West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said it had advised police to charge David MacDonald, 34, who lives in Birmingham city centre.
MacDonald was arrested when officers from West Midlands Police’s Child Online Safeguarding Team swooped on his home on April 12 2010 as part of an intelligence-led operation.
He faces ten charges of possessing indecent images of children, and five of downloading such material, between September 28 2009 and April 12 2011.
He will also face one count of distributing an image between June 21 and June 24 2010 and another of possessing extreme adult pornography.
He has also been charged with two drugs offences.
A total of 2,814 indecent images and 254 movies were found on the laptop and memory stick that was seized by police during the operation almost 21 months ago.
Det Con Simon Hale said: “The charges relate to possessing indecent photographs and moving footage of both boys and girls. None of the charges relate to direct, physical abuse of children by the defendant.”
Hayley Firman, Head of the West Midlands CPS, Central and Eastern Public Protection Unit said MacDonald would appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ court on January 18.