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February 2015

Exeter flying instructor’s career ended by shame of 3,600 child abuse images

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A leading flying instructor has been banned from teaching and his reputation is in ruins after he paid to download images of boys being abused in the Philippines.

Richard Bristowe was a member of the Civil Aviation Authority’s advisory panel and has run flying schools in Exeter and Plymouth for many years but has now lost his accreditation.

He has also been suspended from the Exeter Airport Consultative Group, where he continued to sit alongside councillors until he admitted his guilt last month.

He was the director of Aviation South West, which was the main flying school at Exeter Airport but the business will now be sold or scaled down.

The 70-year-old businessman was caught by police with thousands of images on the computers at his home in Exeter and office at the city’s airport.

He was spared jail but sent on a sex offenders’ course after a judge branded him as having an unhealthy interest in boys and the images on his computer were described as revolting and repulsive.

Bristowe, of Birchy Barton Hill, Exeter, who has business addresses at Exeter Airport, admitted 12 counts of possessing indecent images of children.

He was jailed for 18 months, suspended for two years by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court and ordered to attend the internet sex offenders’ treatment course.

He told him:”It is plain you have an interest in sex with people much younger than yourself. You are 70 and have been in a relationship with a man of 26 since he was 18.

“Some of these offences represent the most revolting images I have ever had the misfortune to deal with including very young children of seven to nine involved in sexual activity with animals.

“You were found out because you paid a man to live-stream images of children over the internet. None of these were found but it gives the lie to your suggestion you were not predisposed towards looking at images of children.

“You previous assertion that you have no sexual interest in children is ridiculous and I dismiss it.You are now beginning to admit your behaviour.”

Miss Mary McCarthy, prosecuting, said Bristowe’s home was raided by police after they were informed by authorities in the Phillipines he two Western Union money transfers to a man Manila who runs a live streaming service on the internet.

Officers found 3,600 images or movies on his computers including 41 in the worst category, which shows sadism or bestiality, and 275 showing adults raping children, of which 49 were movies.

He was also found with a memory stick in his pocket which contained the encryption key to many of the files which he had downloaded from the Philippines.

Miss Emily Pitts, defending, said Bristowe had been sent encrypted files from the Philippines and did not know what was in them.

She said his long and distinguished professional career as a pilot and flying instructor had been ended by his arrest and conviction.

She said:”He accepts it is entirely his own doing, but he has lost all his CAA accreditation and his life as a flying instructor is over. His primary concern is for his employees and he is going to have to sell the business or help them find alternative employment.”

January 2015

Top flying instructor faces jail after child abuse images found following Exeter Airport office raid

One of Britain’s leading flying instructors is facing jail after he admitted downloading thousands of abuse images of boys in the Philippines.

Richard Bristowe, from Exeter, was tracked down by police after he made international money transfers to a criminal in Manila who runs a live streaming service on the internet.

Bristowe, aged 70, is the director of Aviation South West, which runs a flying school at Exeter. He has also run lessons from Plymouth Airport and is on the Civil Aviation Authority’s heads of training group.

He has continued to sit alongside councillors and airline representatives on the Exeter Airport Consultative Group during the two years since his home was raided by police.

Bristowe has trained thousands of pilots and succeeded in keeping his secret life hidden until British police were tipped off about his Western Union payments to Manila.

Officers raided his Exeter home and his office at Exeter Airport in December 2012 and found 3,600 images or movies on his computers.

These included 41 in the worst category, which shows sadism or bestiality, and 275 showing adults raping children, of which 49 were movies.

He was also found with a memory stick in his pocket which contained the encryption key to many of the files which he had downloaded from the Philippines.

Bristowe, of Birchy Barton Hill, Exeter, who also had a business address at Christow, near Newton Abbot, admitted 12 counts of possessing indecent images of children when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

Judge Phillip Wassall adjourned his sentence until next month and ordered the probation service to prepare a pre sentence report.

He told him:”I cannot say how I am going to sentence you. This case plainly passes the custody threshold and it will depend on what I hear and read about you.”

The Judge also thanked the officers from the Devon and Cornwall high tech crime unit for their persistence in pursuing the case, which Bristowe disputed until the morning of his trial.

He told them:”I would like to thank the officers for their care in this case. At times it must have seemed like trying to persuade a flat earther that the world is round.”

He ordered Bristowe to sign on the sex offenders’ register before he left the court building.

Miss Mary McCarthy, prosecuting, said:”This investigation started when information was provided to the police that Bristowe had made Western Union payments to a man in the Philippines who was known to be involved in the advertising and selling of child abuse images and live streaming of child pornography.

“Two payments were made in 2011 but it was not until December 2012 that a warrant was executed at his home when he was the only person present. A number of computers were seized.

“They were found to contain indecent images and the defendant was found with a memory stick on which police found traces of images. He made no comment.

“A further warrant was executed at his workplace at Exeter Airport where a desktop computer was seized from Aviation South West and also found to contain indecent images.

“A further search was made at his home and three more computers seized and in interview he said he did not know the passwords to the raw files but the memory stick was found to contain the passwords to encrypted files.”

Miss McCarthy said police were able to establish the dates and times when items were downloaded and viewed and to show they had been created when Bristowe’s 24-year-old Filipino boyfriend was not in the country.

The defendant has no police record but had previously been investigated in 2009 when a man who bought his old home found a large number of photos in the attic.

Miss Emily Pitts, defending, said Bristowe did not try to thwart the police investigation by withholding passwords and had not been involved in live streaming.