Paedophile claimed he was viewing vile images to help the police catch others
A paedophile who was found viewing sick child abuse images in Liverpool moved to his grandparents’ house in Derby and carried on doing exactly the same.
Derby Crown Court heard how Justin Philips was found to have hideous images and movies, including one where a voice could be heard ordering a young victim to carry out sex acts on an adult.
The 21-year-old claimed when he was arrested that he was only part of an internet group of like-minded perverts so he could pass on their details to the police.
But neither they, nor the prosecution, nor a judge believed his explanation.
Philips also said he had lost the Samsung mobile phone which he said he used most frequently to surf online.
And he also told officers he could not remember the password to a Russian cloud account where the prosecution said more vile photographs and films might be stored.
Jailing him for 16 months, Recorder William Harbage QC said: “Matters came to light when the police attended your grandparents’ address in Derby after receiving information that indecent images of children were being downloaded there.
“They were told you had gone to your mother’s address in Shropshire and that was where you were arrested and a number of items seized.
“In them were indecent images of all three categories and prohibited images.
“You made some admissions in interview but, worryingly, the device you say was your main access to the internet, a Samsung S7 phone was not recovered.
“Then you said you could not remember the password for a Russian cloud storage site.
“You denied getting any sexual gratification from these images and claimed you were collecting information about other members of the (image sharing) internet user group.
“This was the same excuse you used in Liverpool, the prosecution don’t accept that and neither do I.
“You, looking at children being abused, implies it is happening somewhere around the world.
“These images are then peddled to people like you and by viewing them you are encouraging that revolting activity to carry on.”
Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, said police went to the Shelton Lock address where Philips was living with his grandparents in August last year after receiving information that the sick images were being downloaded from his internet address there.
They said he had been kicked out and so police then went to his mother’s address in Whitchurch, Shropshire where he had moved to and a number of devices were seized.
Miss Bradley said the disgusting illegal movies and photographs were discovered on a laptop.
She said: “On one of the films a voice could be heard directing a young child what to do.”
Philips, now of North Street, Heanor, pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children and for breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
As well as the jail term, Philips was handed a fresh 10-year sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offender register for 10 years.