November 2017

Tunbridge Wells pervert filmed himself abusing a child under 5 in the Philippines

A paedophile from Tunbridge Wells will be sentenced after he filmed himself abusing a child under five in the Philippines.

Timothy Smith, 42, admitted visiting the country and saving videos of the abuse on his computer, after he repeatedly targeted his victim in 2015.

Smith also had at least 37,000 still indecent images of children, many which were classed as category A – the most serious.

Smith pleaded guilty to 16 separate charges relating to various sex offences, at Maidstone Crown Court 

These also included the sexual assault of another victim in 2013 and making and sharing thousands of indecent images of children.

The extent of Smith’s crimes became apparent following an initial Kent Police investigation into suspicious online activity at his home in Burslem Road.

On November 4, 2016 a search warrant was executed at the address by officers from the Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team.

Smith was arrested and a number of items of computer hardware were seized.

Smith also readily confessed to searching, saving and sharing indecent images of children, telling officers it was ‘his thing’.

Forensic checks by police were carried out on the items seized from Smith’s home, which included two laptops and a USB hard drive.

He was found to have stored videos containing abuse of children which combined had a playback time totalling more than two days and nine hours.

He has been bailed to be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on December 15.