June 2021

Royal Navy paedophile from Cornwall filmed his abuse of young girl

A depraved paedophile who worked in the Royal Navy filmed himself abusing a young girl so he could relive the moment over and over again, a court has heard.

Philip Mitchell, 32, was also found in possession of a catalogue of images showing young children being abused.

Mitchell, from the Redruth area, appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced after pleading guilty to assault by penetration of a young girl, two sexual assaults of the same victim, producing an indecent image of a child and three possession of indecent images of children charges.

In total, Mitchell was convicted of two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13 by penetration, two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, one count of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child, two counts of taking indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

The young victim in the case was under the age of 16.

Prosecuting the case, Emily Pitts described how Mitchell abused the victim in various locations.

The victim said she didn’t like it and had asked him to stop but he carried on anyway. Chillingly, Mitchell also told the girl to touch herself ‘when she wanted to feel happy’.

Mitchell’s devices were found to contain indecent images spanning all three categories, but worse still, footage of him penetrating the victim and encouraging her to do so to herself.

Mitchell was arrested at his Navy base in Plymouth.

Sentencing Mitchell, Judge Simon Carr said Mitchell filmed the abuse so he could relive it over and over again, and that he had deliberately searched out indecent images of children.

The effect on the young victim was said to be devastating, with her suffering regular nightmares, wetting herself and becoming aggressive.

Mitchell was jailed for 11 years with an extra year on his licence period.