A Charlottetown man was sentenced to two months in jail for possession of child pornography in provincial court Tuesday.

John Rodney MacCallum, 29, was charged in July 2012, after police found more than 13,000 photographs and 500 video clips containing explicit images of naked male and female children on his computer.

Crown prosecutor John McMillan said Charlottetown police seized MacCallum's computer from his basement apartment on Dorchester Street after receiving a tip from police in Toronto.

'For me it's a chance to turn a corner and get my life on track.'- John Rodney MacCallum

Court heard MacCallum was swept up in an undercover operation by Toronto police looking into internet child porn.

Under the user name naughtywill2, MacCallum accessed and downloaded child porn free from a website.

An undercover police officer in Toronto then exchanged written online messages with MacCallum.

Self-described shy loner

MacCallum sent the officer some of the pornographic images he had downloaded.

According to a pre-sentence report, MacCallum told investigators he "did not really think the children in the images were victims of crime" and he did "not exploit anyone."

The report said MacCallum "thought it was OK because it was on the web."

In the report, MacCallum describes himself as a loner, close to his mother, but shy, with few close friends.

MacCallum pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Defence lawyer Thane MacEachern told the court MacCallum now feels guilt, shame and remorse.

MacCallum told Judge John Douglas, "I know this is supposed to be a punishment, but for me it's a chance to turn a corner and get my life on track."

Douglas also sentenced MacCallum to probation for 18 months and ordered him to provide a DNA sample to police.

His name will remain on the national sex offender registry for 10 years.