Man jailed over child porn images

09Dec06

SurreyOnline (29 Nov 2006):

JAILED OVER CHILD PORN IMAGES

ONE of the world’s leading astronomers has been jailed for 15 months after downloading more than half a million indecent images of children from the internet.

Robin Phillips, 33, of Cansiron Lane, Ashurst Wood, was also banned from working with children or having a camera in a public place for 10 years after he was caught taking secret “up the skirt” photographs of schoolgirls in Trafalgar Square.

Sentencing him, Judge Paul Dodgson said: “You were found with half a million indecent level one images of children on your computer, but in my mind these were worrying images.

“Your friends and family speak of you being no danger to children, but the taking of photographs exposes young girls to long-term sexual abuse.

“I do not underestimate the effect these proceedings have had on you and your family but it was your conduct that brought you here.”

The astrophysicist was unmasked as a pervert when a suspicious member of the public called the police after seeing his actions in London.

Detectives found more than half a million child porn images on his computer following a “decade of dedicated downloading”.

Southwark Crown Court yesterday heard the seizure was among the largest ever in Britain.

Peter Zinner, prosecuting, told how Phillips took the train to the capital on August 27.

The father-of-two used his digital camera to take a picture of a young girl who was playing on a statue before taking a series of photographs of other underage females.

Mr Zinner said: “He was focusing on one child whose skirt had billowed up to expose her underwear.”

Following his arrest Phillips’ camera was confiscated and examined by police. They then searched his home and discovered his desk-top and laptop computers crammed with more than 750,000 pornographic pictures downloaded from the internet – 500,000 of which were indecent images of children.

The prosecutor said: “Mr Phillips has displayed a compulsive, obsessive, addictive and sexual obsession with children.”

Kenneth Carr defending said his client had started to face up to what he had done and was receiving counselling.

Phillips has admitted two charges of taking indecent photographs on August 27, one of attempting to take an indecent photograph and of possessing 500,000 indecent photographs of children.

Thanks to Breatheinspirit for finding this article.

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