But because Fruin, 35, has spent the past six months in custody on remand he will be freed on parole within days.
Gloucester Crown Court heard that Fruin (pictured) was bailed after his arrest in 2005 but then flew to West Africa before travelling to other countries including Malaysia.
Child porn images found on his computers included some of a 14-year-old boy from Stroud, whom Fruin had been associating with.
Fruin, formerly of Stroud but now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to 15 offences of making indecent images of children between January and November 2005.
As well as the 12-month jail term, Fruin must sign the sex offender register for ten years.