Former BBC executive downloaded a haul of online porn - including 150 indecent images of children - so massive it crashed his work's entire internet connection
• Mark Deitch, 57, of Willden, Bedfordshire, worked for BBC for 12 years
• He admitted downloading images but said they were part of wider haul
• Says he was unaware of folder called ‘pizza’ with indecent child images
• He worked for talent agency Benjamin Management at time of offences
Mark Deitch, 57, of Willden, Bedfordshire, would spend hours of time at work at a talent agency scouring anonymous online forum 4chan for things to download as he procrastinated - and it was enough to crash the internet connection.
He used a work computer to download the images before transferring them to an external hard drive.
His computer only came under scrutiny after technicians tried to fix it. Prosecutor Adrian Fleming said the original computer had been wiped so that it could be used by someone else.
This meant investigators could only examine the hard drive and that certain factors - such as a browser search history - were unavailable. They did find a folder called 'MDX' which Deitch admitted he may have created because it was his initials and an 'X' which could stand for X-rated content.
Mr Fleming said: ‘Within that we [found] a number of sub files including one entitled “pizza”.
‘This file “pizza”, in which approximately half of the images were found, was - in the Crown’s submission - a fairly obvious place within the MDX folder.’
The file contained 80 indecent images of children and no other content. These images were part of about 33,000 files stored on the external device, almost all of which are thought to be pornographic.
Mr Fleming noted that the ‘creation date’ on the files ranged for vast periods of 2013 and 2014 and suggested that this may mean that Deitch added files to the device on a number of occasions.