Victim calls paedophile who sent her sick sexual messages ‘the evil in this world’
A man on bail for sending explicit messages to a teen was then snared by paedophile hunters when he started communicating with what he believed to be a 12-year-old girl.
Phillip Auker has been branded as “the evil in this world” by his young victim after being jailed for five years.
He sent her a string of lewd, explicit messages and asked her to perform sexual acts on him, including asking if she wanted to sleep in his bed.
The 48-year-old was caught out when his victim’s mother checked her daughter’s phone.
But after admitting his crime to police and being bailed, Auker started messaging what he believed to be a 12-year-old girl with similar, sexual content.
But the account he was messaging was actually one set up by paedophile hunters – who apprehended him in a dramatic encounter outside his home in Hull
A court heard Auker’s first offence was committed between March and June in 2017, where he sent inappropriate sexual messages to a teenager asking her to “masturbate him”.
The messages were brought to the police’s attention after the victim’s mother looked through her daughter’s phone.
Prosecuting barrister Simon Reevell said: “[The complainant] told the police that the messages made her feel weird and uncomfortable.”
Mr Reevell said Auker sent her messages saying he wanted her to sleep in his bed, which said “I will sleep with nothing on haha”.
“He began to ask about [the complainant] ‘have you seen a boy or a man with nothing on xx. Did you let him play with you? Xx’ and ‘if you did, did you like it?’”
The nature of the messages that Auker had sent to the teen gradually got more sexual and he started asking “to see her with nothing on”.
Mr Reevell added: “The messages invited her to masturbate and in some part asking her to masturbate him.”
When arrested by police on June 28, Auker replied with no comment in interviews and denied he had met the complainant.
An investigation into his computer found he had searched for pornography which indicated a sexual interest in children.
The victim and her family attended the sentencing hearing, where her “powerful” impact statement was read out by Mr Reevell.
She described how the effects of what had happened had led her to self-harm and attempt an overdose and called Auker “the evil in this world”.
Auker pleaded guilty before the case would go to trial and was released on bail. It was during this time, in May this year, he committed his second offence.
Auker once again sent sexually inappropriate messages in a manner similar to the first complainant, this time to a girl he believed to be 12.
Mr Reevell said: “The defendant was awaiting sentence when unbeknownst to him a child online safety team established a decoy profile on Whatsapp.
“He asked if she had seen a boy’s willy and then asked if she had boobs. She replied ‘only small ones’ which he then said ‘I’d like to see’.
“He asks if he can see her in just her bra and school uniform and then talks about sexual activity he had been involved in with a woman which develops into a conversation where he suggests she touch herself.”
Auker was arrested on May 20 and once again replied ‘no comment’ when interviewed by police. He was charged with trying to incite a girl under the age of 13 years old into sexual activity.
Addressing Auker, who kept his eyes fixed to the floor throughout the hearing, Judge David Tremberg said: “This is a troubling case. In your later years you have developed a sexual interest in young girls.
“Your sexual urges took over and you embarked upon a course of contact in which you sent messages which were grossly sexually inappropriate.
“She gave you no encouragement whatsoever. Heaven knows what might have happened if she had. But you still persisted.
“You were arrested. You were interviewed. You were charged. You were bailed. You appeared before the crown court in April 2019 and in due course you pleaded guilty to at or around plea and trial hearing.
“Your case was adjourned and you were granted bail. You instructed that you were sorry for what you had done.
“Well, all I can say is that you have got a funny way of showing it.”
Judge Tremburg sentenced Auker to a minimum of five years in custody before he is considered for parole. He will then spend two-and-a-half years on licence.
Auker will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order and will be a registered sex offender for life.
He said: “You caused [the complainant] serious emotional harm and you risked causing who you believed to be a 12-year-old girl, although she was a decoy, serious emotional harm.
“I am satisfied from the impact statement you caused [the complainant] harm of a level which is both deep and long lasting and has permeated every aspect of her life.
“You have cast a shadow over that young lady’s life and it is with hope that your sentence she may be able to move on and put this matter behind her in the future.”