February 2019

“Highly dangerous” self-confessed paedophile was ordered to live within 250 yards of a York primary school

A “highly dangerous” self-confessed paedophile was ordered to live within 250 yards of a York primary school when he was released from prison.

York Crown Court heard how within days of arriving at Southview probation hostel on Boroughbridge Road, Phillip John Kirk, 25, was evading police checks on his use of the internet, and was researching York schools.

He was on parole partway through an eight-year extended prison sentence for having indecent pictures of children, and had previously burgled a school and stole a child’s uniform which he used for sexual gratification.

The hostel is close to Poppleton Road Primary School and Kirk is forbidden to go within 100 metres of any primary school under a lifelong sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) which also restricts his use of mobile phones and the internet.

He has 56 previous convictions, all involving a sexual interest in children, and has in the past written to Theresa May when she was Home Secretary asking her to make sex with children legal.

Jailing him for 28 months for his latest offences, Judge Simon Hickey told Kirk: “You must be classed as a very dangerous individual, given your record and what you have done.”

Kirk, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two breaches of his SHPO, by having a smart phone without telling the police, and installing software designed to prevent police monitoring his online activities.

He has been recalled to continue serving his 2015 sentence.

A spokesman for the Prison and Probation Service which runs the hostel said after the hearing he could not comment on individual cases.

“Our priority is to protect the public and sex offenders released on licence are robustly risk assessed and subject to a strict set of conditions.

“They are monitored closely and any offender who breaches their licence conditions faces going back to prison.”

Control measures can involve technology such as electronic tags, curfews at certain times of the day and unannounced supervision visits from probation and police officers.

Andrew Horton, prosecuting, told York Crown Court the offender management authorities placed Kirk at the hostel when he was released from prison on January 2.

Hostel staff searched his room on January 21 and found handwritten lists of independent girls schools and nurseries/schools and an illicit smartphone with search terms including “nude kids”, “clothing girls York” and “schools York.”

They also found a smartphone with several user accounts on it and specialist software to hide his internet activity. Police have yet to analyse the phone, which Kirk claimed he had bought that day.

Defence barrister Ian Hudson said any sexual activity Kirk had planned had been “nipped in the bud” by the discoveries. Kirk had not contacted any children.

In 2015, Laura Addy, for the CPS, told York Crown Court Kirk had written to the Home Secretary saying: “I have been a paedophile since the age of 13 and openly a paedophile for the last three years” and asking her to make sex with children legal.

He had been released from prison on November 14, 2014, and was arrested on December 5, 2014.

Despite being closely monitored by police and probation officers, while at liberty he had downloaded more than 1,000 indecent images of young children, obtained sex toys, researched youth clubs and looked on the internet for details about Guides Brownies, Rainbows and school and police uniforms.

Kirk has spent most of his adult life behind bars

July 2015

Dangerous paedophile asked Home Secretary to legalise sex with children

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A “DANGEROUS” self-confessed paedophile, who did research on child murder and York schools within days of being released from jail has been given an eight-year extended prison sentence.

Phillip John Kirk, 22, also wrote to the Home Secretary asking for her to make sex with children legal, said Laura Addy, prosecuting at York Crown Court.

Despite being closely monitored by police and probation officers, in less than a month of freedom he downloaded more than 1,000 indecent images of young girls from the internet and got sex toys, including a home made one with young children’s clothes, researched youth clubs and looked on the internet for details about Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, school and police uniforms and a UK police warrant template.

In his letter to the Home Secretary Kirk, formerly of Walmgate, wrote: “I have been a paedophile since the age of 13 and openly a paedophile for the last three years.”

The judge described the letter to the Home Secretary as a “deluded and dangerous plea to decriminalise sex with children.”

He passed an eight-year extended prison sentence of four years in jail and four years’ probation supervision following release. If he reoffends at any time during the sentence, Kirk can be sent back to prison to serve the rest of it behind bars.

Miss Addy said Kirk hid a USB stick from police on which he had illegal pictures of children and did a factory reset of the laptop he did tell police he had.

The court heard he had previous convictions for breaking into a primary school and stealing girls’ PE kit and possessing indecent images of children, and was released on November 14, 2014. He was arrested on December 5.

Detective Inspector Shaun Page, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Phillip Kirk is one of the most dangerous individuals I am aware of, and I welcome the sentence at court today that will keep children safe.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, told Kirk: “Yours is an extremely disturbing case. I must address the danger you pose to the public in general and to children in general.

“It is clear you have a very unhealthy interest in children and despite all your recent experiences, nothing it seems deters you from offending.

“I am quite satisfied there is a strong public interest and I have a public duty to mark society’s revulsion at your behaviour by a sentence which provides effective protection for the public for a long period of time.”

The judge also tightened existing controls on Kirk under a lifelong sexual offences prevention order that now bans him for ever going within 100 metres of any school, youth club or other place where young people gather, working or volunteering with organisations connected to children and having unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and restricts his use of the internet to a single electronic item under police supervision.

He will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Kirk, most recently of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to 21 charges of downloading indecent images of children.

Four charges of breaching an earlier sexual offences prevention order were ordered to lie on file, meaning they are not convictions but will appear on his police record.

His solicitor advocate David Camidge said he had made a “cry for help” to probation officers just before his arrest. He had had a troubled childhood and had been diagnosed as possibly having an “autistic spectrum disorder”, the court was told. He was taking the maximum dosage of an anti-depressant drug and would need a “great deal of work” by the probation service to manage the risk he poses to the public.

April 2012

Teenage paedophile broke into school to steal gym clothing

A TEENAGE paedophile with a fetish for girls’ clothing has been jailed for breaking into a primary school to steal gym kits.

Police found the sportswear in Phillip Kirk’s bedroom, along with a coat he had stuffed with a duvet – with which he simulated sex.

Officers traced Kirk after he left a wallet containing his driving licence at the scene near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, last September.

When his computers were examined, experts found more than 2,500 indecent images of children, Teesside Crown Court heard.

After being questioned and released on bail, the 18-yearold college student bought another laptop and downloaded more indecent pictures.

The court heard that more than 2,000 images – some in the most serious category – had been made before his second arrest two months later.

Tamara Pawson, prosecuting, said: “He said he got sexual gratification from the clothes, as well as the images.”

The court heard that Kirk was convicted in 2010 and last year for possessing indecent images and received a warning in 2009 when he was 15.

Miss Pawson told Judge Peter Fox that, on one occasion, Kirk’s parents called police when they found pictures in his bedroom. When he was 15, Kirk was cautioned for possessing child pornography and trying to access pictures on his school computer system.

Judge Fox told him: “If you go on, you could be spending the rest of your life in prison.”

Kirk, of Fernwood Close, Northallerton, was jailed for three years after he admitted making and possessing indecent photographs and burglary.

The court heard he broke into Brompton Primary School, tried to get onto the computer network and rummaged through gym bags.

His barrister, Carl Swift, said: “There is hope that, with assistance, he will not blight his life forever.”