November 2018

Perverted Chorley school caretaker published fantasies of “incestuous and sadistic acts” against children

Philip Royle

A school caretaker who engaged in depraved online chats about youngsters has been given a suspended jail term.

Philip Royle, 38, who worked at Balshaw Lane Primary School in Chorley, published sick fantasies involving youngsters during Skype conversations with other people.

Police received intelligence that a person using Chatstep – a social media platform that describes itself as “free, private & beautiful group chat” – had uploaded an indecent image on December 19, 2016.

It was traced to Royle’s IP address – a unique number assigned to all devices when they connect to the internet.

On October 16, 2017, police raided his home on Beaconsfield Terrace, Chorley. He was not present, but police found him working at Balshaw Lane Community School and escorted him off the premises.

Meanwhile, computer equipment was seized and 38 images were found, which were a mixture of Category A – the most serious – B and C, and extreme pornographic images. He had also engaged in obscene chats.

Royle, who was reported missing earlier this year, admitted six counts of publishing an obscene article, and making indecent images of children.

September 2018

Suspended primary school caretaker admits publishing “osbcene” articles about child abuse

A man who engaged in Skype conversations concerning fantasies of “incestuous and sadistic acts” against children has pleaded guilty to a string of offences.

Eccleston man Philip Royle, who worked at Balshaw Lane Primary School in Chorley, engaged in Skype conversations concerning fantasies of “incestuous and sadistic acts” on youngsters.

During a probe by police he was also found in possession of 37 indecent images of children, with some deemed category A – the most serious in law.

During a hearing before Judge Andrew Woolman at Preston Crown Court, Royle pleaded guilty to six counts of publishing an obscene article, with the offences said to be committed more than two years ago.

He also admitted a further count of making indecent images of children on or before October 16, 2017. The 38-year-old, of Beaconsfield Terrace in Chorley, had appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court in July after being charged under the Obscene Publications Act 1959, but the case was committed to the higher court to be dealt with.

He then entered his guilty pleas at a plea and trial preparation hearing. He is expected to be sentenced on October 10.

Royle’s employers have moved to reassure worried parents that none of the images or conversations relate to children who attend the school.

Helen Gregson, who is headteacher at Balshaw Lane Community Primary School, said: “I am aware that a member of staff has appeared in court. “I’d like to make it clear that none of these alleged offences relate to pupils at our school.

“I can’t comment further as the matter is still subject to the legal process.” Royle is suspended from his job at present.