Brit paedo busted paying men in Philippines to sexually abuse children on film
A British paedophile who paid predators in the Philippines for photos and a video of a child as young as nine being abused has been jailed.
Michael Wilkinson paid via a third party for the sick images to be sent to him over the Internet through contacts he made while backpacking in the Southeast Asian country years earlier.
The 36-year-old decorator asked for specific poses for each of the indecent photos, which were then sent to him along with one video.
Wilkinson used his associates in the Philippines to make contact with the family of the victim, who is thought to be aged between nine and 12, police said.
British and Filipino authorities managed to track down the child's family and make sure the girl and her sisters were safe.
Investigators were tipped off Wilkinson was downloading indecent images of children, but when officers raided his home in Bexhill, East Sussex, they discovered the extent of his cross-border abuse.
Cops seized his phone and electronic devices as part of the investigation, which began last April.
At Hove Crown Court last Wednesday (Nov 10), Wilkinson was jailed for six years.
He pleaded guilty to inciting and facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child under 13, making indecent images of children and possessing prohibited and extreme images at an earlier hearing.
Detective Constable Richard Gill of the Sussex Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) today described Wilkinson as a "predatory offender".
He added: "The investigation began in April 2020 when we received intelligence that Wilkinson was downloading indecent images of children.
"That was confirmed when we executed a warrant at his address and seized his phone and other devices, but only then as our enquiries continued did we realise that he had also been paying through a third party in the Philippines, for a girl, aged between nine and 12, to pose for indecent photos which were then sent over to him.
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"In one instance he received video of her, but otherwise he received still images, in specific poses which he had ordered as part of the transaction.
"It became clear that Wilkinson had made contacts in the country whilst backpacking some years ago, and used them to make contact with the family concerned for his own sexual gratification over an extended period.
"We worked very closely with the NCA's international network, who liaised with PICACC [the Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center]. They were ultimately responsible for tracking down the child in this case and safeguarding her and her sisters.
"This was a great example of inter-agency and international law enforcement co-operation which has reached out across more than 10,000 miles to take action against a predatory offender and safeguard innocent children."
A judge also imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and put Wilkinson on the sex offenders register for life, banning unsupervised access to children and restricting his use of the Internet.
The order also slapped him with a five-year travel restriction from the day of his release from prison, which police can apply to renew every five years.
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