November 2017

Ex-Holy Trinity organist jailed for making thousands of sick images of children

A musician, teacher, and former organist at Hull’s Holy Trinity Church has been jailed for a year for making thousands of “perverted” images of children.

John Derrett’s collection was so vast police were only able to view and categorise more than 11,000 images – leaving nearly a million untouched.

Derrett, who had “glowing” references – including from a director at an Oxbridge college – made such frank admissions to Humberside Police, another force is now investigating further potential offences.

But despite those ongoing inquiries, Derrett, 64, was sentenced for the images at Hull Crown Court on Monday after pleading with a judge to conclude his case.

He told Judge Mark Bury: “I feel very ashamed and very aware these are my fault. I will accept what comes and I appreciate the consideration I’m being given.”

None of the images seen by police were photographs or videos of actual child abuse, the court heard. The father-of-two and grandfather made the images by superimposing children’s faces onto pictures of adult pornography.

“They are his own perverted creations,” said Derrett’s barrister, Dale Brook.

He also added his own captions, which were too explicit to publish, but one example read by prosecutor Cathrine Kioko-Gilligan was about a boy needing hospital treatment after being sexually abused.

The images all featured boys aged between nine and 14. Derrett also had legal “naturist” images, mostly of children.

Of the images viewed by police following their visit to his home on December 12 last year, there were 1,675 images and 114 videos at Category A – the most serious; 1,314 images and 50 videos at Category B; and 8,233 images and 50 videos at Category C.

He also had “prohibited” images of children, although it was not explained how these differed from the indecent images, and extreme pornographic images featuring animals.

A further 983,673 images found in his possession were not examined.

Derrett, of Ings Lane, Keyingham, admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of children, possessing prohibited images of children, and possessing extreme pornography.

The judge noted that in one of his interviews, he had “talked about finding boys aged 14 and upwards sexually attractive, but to get aroused I need them younger”.

Derrett had been a school teacher and music teacher until his retirement in 2000, worked with choirs until 2007, and was organist at Holy Trinity between 2005 and 2007. The offences spanned 2008 to 2016.

One of Derrett’s references was from the director of music at Keble College, Oxford.

“He’s got some heavy duty references, hasn’t he, Mr Brook,” said the judge after reading them.

Jailing Derrett, the judge told him: “I’m afraid in all the circumstances you can’t be dealt with in any other way than an immediate sentence of imprisonment.”

Derrett was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for seven years, and must register as a sex offender for the same period.

An investigations into possible further offences by Derrett is being conducted by West Mercia Police.

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