Vile pervert jailed for taking photographs of himself sexually assaulting baby
An amateur photographer who took photographs of himself molesting a baby and filmed naked children as they played on a beach has been jailed.
Peter Gillespie, 65, admitted he touched the genitalia of a young girl and shared explicit movies and picture of other abused children online with other sex offenders.
A police raid at his home in Percival Road, Kirby-le-Soken, saw a series of devices seized that contained more than 5,000 vile photographs and films of youngsters being exploited as well as a selection of extreme pornography featuring animals.
A shamefaced Gillespie, who pleaded guilty to 26 counts at an earlier hearing, was brought before Chelmsford Crown Court this morning (Thursday, September 14).
Outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor Marc Brown told the court how on June 12, police executed a warrant at Gillespie’s home after they received information that someone had been accessing and downloading indecent images.
Gillespie, an amateur photographer, told police that a number of the images were taken in the pursuit of his hobby.
“During the course of his interview he made a number of admissions in viewing, storing and distributing indecent images of children,” said Mr Brown.
“Officers discovered what appeared to be images of contact child abuse.
“A white female child – these photos were taken in April 2014.”
Data extracted from the images revealed they had been taken on Gillespie’s camera, with his name and a copyright symbol attached.
Not only had he taken the photos in 2014, he downloaded them and stored them for his own sexual gratification until his arrest more than three years later.
Further examination found photos Gillespie had taken of himself in a state of undress and well as images of the girl’s genital area and of Gillespie sexually assaulting.
But he did not come clean to police that he had in fact taken photos of that vulnerable child until his third interview.
The tracking of GPS coordinates had abused his victim in his own home as well as hers, in what Mr Brown described as a “targeted” assault.
As officers had to plough through Gillespie’s gross collection, they uncovered a series of photos he had taken of children playing naked on a beach.
Investigators also found from information taken from a computer tower that Gillespie, a father and grandfather, had been distributing other abuse images and engaging in sick conversations with other likeminded sex offenders.
A discussion with another pervert over Skype in May 2016 saw the defendant send another user three Category A images, the most serious of indecent images, which featured a child between the ages eight and 10 being assaulted.
Gillespie, a former employee of Marconi who also worked as a mechanical engineer before he retired, also distributed five images of child abuse from Category C in December 2016.
Mr Brown then went on to collectively discuss 16 counts which involved Gillespie’s “library” of films and photographs featuring children, which the prosecution allege may have been sent to others.
Gillespie had amassed 13 films and 503 stills from Category A, five films and 484 stills from Category B, 62 films and 4,198 stills from Category C; a total of 5,265.
A number of photos of him viewing child abuse and performing a sex act in a car were also discovered.
The hearing heard that Gillespie had also collected 47 extreme pornographic images of adult humans engaging in intercourse with animals.
The court was also told of the various search terms he used to find indecent images, including “young girl” and “daddy’s baby princess”.
“There was some evidence of his using software to combat the use of forensic tools,” said Mr Brown.
“We are unlikely to know the true extent of the offending.”
Mitigating for Gillespie, Katie Armstrong told Judge Emma Peters QC how Gillespie’s family had disowned him for his crimes and that his wife was going to divorce him when he left prison.
She also addressed the fact her client had not been remorseful or accepted what he had done
A psychiatric report conducted after his guilty pleas saw Gillespie diagnosed with paedophilia.
Handing down sentence, Judge Emma Peters QC told Gillespie in no uncertain terms that he would be going to prison for a long time.
She said: “You clearly have a longstanding paedophilic interest.
“This was sexual abuse pure and simple.
“You took photos of it and kept them on your computer.
“When the police came knocking on your door, they were to find these images.
“Images retained over the course of some years.
“I hope when you are in prison you will receive assistance.
For the 26 offences Gillespie was sentenced to eight years and eight months imprisonment.
Judge Peters explained to the public gallery that she had to bear in mind totality when passing a sentence.
A direction was given for the paedophile’s devices to be seized and destroyed as well as an order for £2,000 in prosecution costs.
She also told Gillespie had he not pleaded guilty his sentence would have exceeded 12 years.
In addition, Gillespie will be on the Sex Offender Register for life as well as being subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order until the day he dies.
She noted that people like Gillespie cause parents to be fearful of letting their children be free and happy, in case a predator is lurking to take a photo of them.
Before sending him down, Judge Peters said: “What you have done is revolting, it’s unforgivable, it’s disgusting.
“I would fully understand if your family never wanted to see you again.”