Phillip Thompson, 66, of no fixed abode, appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to what was described as a “catalogue of serious sexual offences”.
Thompson formerly worked for Greater Manchester Police as a detention officer
The court heard how on December 22, 2021 Thompson contacted what he believed to be a couple online on an unregistered mobile phone.
The online profile stated that the couple had three young children, a non-verbal 10-year-old with autism, a seven-year-old, and a two-year-old.
In a message sent to the couple Thompson said he was looking to meet a “real life paedo mum”. He was in fact messaging an undercover police officer.
The 66-year-old sent indecent photographs of children to the profile and asked for photographs of their children.
In messages sent to the online profile he said that “underage” was his “passion” and that he had “no limit” on how young he would go.
Prosecutor Lisa Boocock said that in the online chat Thompson tried to “persuade” the family that he was suitable to have sex with their children.
Thompson also confessed to the couple that he was “sick” of talking to people online only to find out they were “not real”.
On June 25, 2020, Thompson was given a four- and half-year sentence and subjected to a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) after he started messaging who he believed to be 13-year-old girl but was in fact an online paedophile hunter group.
Despite still being on licence, Thompson arranged to meet the family and booked to stay at a hotel near to where the couple said they lived in Surrey on January 7 and January 8, 2021.
He said he would bring porn to watch with the children and asked whether he would need to bring condoms.
On January 7 he was arrested at Toddington service station on the M1. Police found lubricant, condoms, and swimwear in his suitcase.
They also found a phone in his possession which was later discovered to contain more than 1,000 indecent images of children.
During an examination of the phone 538 category A images were found, including 330 moving images, 339 category B images, including 46 moving images, and 562 category C images, including 26 moving images.
Category A is the most serious, moving down to category B and finally to category C.
The children in the images ranged in age from one-month-old to 12 years old, with the majority under seven.
Police also discovered that Thompson had been messaging a 13-year-old girl online under the guise of a mother and father.
He sent her category A images of children and persuaded her to send him naked images of herself.
During the conversation with the girl Thompson arranged to meet her and said he would pick her up in his car.
Passing sentence Recorder McLoughlin however said Thompson met the criteria of being a “danger” to the public as he had been prepared to meet the couple with children and was willing to travel to meet a 13-year-old girl who “actually did exist”.
He said Thompson had committed a “catalogue of serious sexual offences” and demonstrated “sexually depraved behaviour”.
Thompson was jailed for 13 years after being convicted of one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child, five counts of distributing an indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child, three counts of making an indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child, one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child and one count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).
He was also subjected to a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) for an indefinite period.
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