June 2017

Man, 67, jailed for distributing films of child abuse

A pervert who distributed hundreds of films of children being abused to other paedophiles has been jailed for two and a half years.

Philip Perrett, 67, of Arnolds Mead, Corsham, who formerly worked for Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios at Box, used Skype and email to send footage of child abuse to paedophiles around the globe.

Many of the images showed youngsters, aged between one and 15, in pain or distress.

Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court the police were alerted about Perrett by the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children, in America.

When they went to his home he admitted the computer was his and that he had been downloading the material for more than four years.

The court heard he had had 345 films and 46 pictures in the worst category, 109 films and 87 pictures in the middle bracket and 18 films and 63 pictures in the third.

Miss Hingston said that there was also a huge amount of material that had not been classified by officers as they stop once they reach a certain amount.

She said that 533 movies and pictures, most in the most serious category, were distributed by him on more than 250 occasions.

Perrett pleaded guilty to three counts of making and two of distributing indecent images of children.

Jailing him Judge Tim Mousley QC said: “The distribution offences are the most serious.

“You were searching for these images and there was a large number of victims. Every child in those images was a victim of sexual assault.”

As well as jailing him for 30 months he also imposed a sexual harm prevention order and banned him from working with children or vulnerable adults.