February 2021

Derbyshire pervert caught by online paedo hunters

A Derbyshire pervert sent disgusting sexual messages to a 14-year-old girl calling her “sexy” and referring to himself as her “daddy”.

Derby Crown Court heard how 52-year-old Philip Baker sent Emily a photograph of his private parts and told her he wanted her to “rub it”.

His hearing was told how he told the teen he wanted to pull one of her friend’s knickers down and spank her.

But when he went to meet an adult friend one night he was confronted by self-styled paedophile hunters who had been posing as the girl.

And when his mobile phone was seized and analysed by the police, it had what the prosecution called “disturbing” images of child abuse.

Handing Baker a two-year community order, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “You are a 52-year-old man of previous good character who I am told lives a lonely and solitary life and in a way you are vulnerable yourself.

“You began talking online to someone you initially thought was 19 but was really a paedophile hunter who told you they were a 14-year-old girl.

“Over a two-week period you made sexual comments and sent a photograph of your private parts.

“There is no suggestion here you were going to put into practice what you said.”

Tony Stanford, prosecuting, said Baker’s offending took place over a two-week period in late July 2019.

He said the defendant started exchanging messages online with Emily and very quickly made the sexual remarks to her.

Mr Stanford said: “He referred to her as ‘sexy’ and asked for photos bit she did not send any.

“He said she ‘turned him on’ and made him ‘horny’ and he sent a photograph of his private parts saying he wanted her to ‘rub it’.

“He told her he liked to refer to himself as her ‘daddy’.”

Mr Stanford said the hunters confronted Baker, of Berry Avenue, Eckington, and the police arrested him.

On his mobile phone they found 10 sick child abuse images, four of which were the most serious category A which typically show young children being sexually abused by adults.

The defendant pleaded guilty to attempted sexual communication with a child and possessing indecent images.

As part of the community order Judge Smith ordered Baker to take part in a 90-day sex offender’s programme and attend 30 rehabilitation sessions.

He also handed him a 12-week curfew, a five-year sexual harm prevention order and placed him on the sex offender register for five years.