A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has to register as a sex offender after making more than a hundred indecent images of a child.

The boy, from the Southend borough, admitted six counts of making or distributing indecent photographs at Basildon Youth Court yesterday.

Among the images captured by the teen were dozens in the highest category of vile, obscene and sexualised photographs.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared with his mother in front of District Judge John Woollard.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address, and to admit his crimes.

The teen admitted making 24 category A images - the most obscene - between September and November last year.

He admitted making 34 category B images during the same period and 76 category C images during a three month period.

The boy also admitted distributing seven category A images on November 6.

The same day he distributed eight category B images.

And over the course of November 6 and November 7 he distributed 19 images of children.

The teenager was arrested in November last year.

Addressing the teenager, Judge Woollard told him he must now register as a sex offender before being sentenced in May.

He said: “I’m going to release you on bail, but under several conditions.

“You cannot use any device that can access the internet that does not have the ability to access the internet history.

“You must not delete any internet history, and you must have all devices available for an inspection by a police officer.

“These offences also mean you must register as a sex offender, which you will need to attend a police station to do.”

The boy was also told that as a pre-sentence condition he must not be left unsupervised with a child for any period of time.

The court was told that the boy was “of good character” and had no previous recorded offences.

He has been released into the care of his family and is due to be sentenced at Southend Magistrates’ Court next month.

The boy could be sentenced to time in a youth detention facility but could also be put on a programme to try and change his behaviour in the future.

The length of time he will be kept on the sex offenders’ register and any restrictions on him in the future will be confirmed during sentencing.