June 2021

Dover paedophile jailed after trying to order sick images from printers

A depraved paedophile from Dover has been jailed after a printing company that he attempted to order sick images from reported him to the police.

The tip-off from the printers then helped officers uncover serious sexual offences he committed against very young children said Kent Police.

Phillip Bassett has now been jailed for 12 years and nine months, and will serve a further five years and three months on license after that period.

The order that led the printers to contact the police was made in July 2020, at which point staff noted the concerning content of the photos and called police.

Kent Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team then commenced an investigation into Bassett.

A search warrant was executed at his home, and a mobile phone was seized, which contained several videos of Bassett abusing a child.

In addition, he admitted accessing the dark web to view indecent images of children and also stated he had ordered the indecent images to be sent to the company for printing.

Following his arrest and an extensive investigation, Bassett was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, two accounts of assaulting a child under 13 by penetration, taking indecent images of children, making an indecent image of a child and possession of indecent images of children.

He admitted 15 charges before Canterbury Crown Court on December 8, 2020, and was formally sentenced on June 16.