June 2020

Pervert drove missing teen 200 miles to his Bowburn home and filmed her in shower when she was 15

A pervert who drove a teenage girl he met online 200 miles to his home in County Durham had filmed her in the shower when she was 15, a court heard.

Police went to Philip Oliver’s house in Bowburn to find a 16-year-old girl who was missing from home.

The 40-year-old claimed their relationship was “friendship rather than sexual” but evidence seized from his computers proved otherwise, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Officers discovered a video of the girl, taken when she was 15 years old, in which she was having a shower as Oliver’s reflection could be seen in the mirror filming her.

The former IT specialist could be heard encouraging the girl to touch herself intimately and said, “No judge will take you away from me.”

A search of six electronic devices revealed a folder with the teenager’s name, containing other indecent images.

Officers also found messages between them showing he had sent her pornographic images, the court heard.

And they discovered 491 Category A indecent still images, and 24 moving images, across six different devices, with some of children as young as two years old.

Oliver has now been jailed for almost three years after pleading guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of making an indecent image of a child, one each of possessing a prohibited image of a child and possessing extreme pornography, and one of distributing an indecent photo of a child.

Oliver, of Prince Charles Avenue, Bowburn, was jailed for 32 months and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.