Jail for Surrey man over child sex offences in the Philippines

03/07/2017

A man from Ash Vale has been jailed at Guildford Crown Court, after pleading guilty to a series of child sex offences.

Nicholas Brown (63) pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 12 counts of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and five counts of making indecent images of children. He was given a 12 year sentence, of which nine years will be served in prison, with an extended licence prison of three years.

The court heard how Brown, who had a previous conviction for having indecent images of children, paid more than £180,000 between June 2012 and July 2015 to women in the Philippines to abuse multiple child victims, some as young as five, whilst he watched online.

Over 600,000 lines of chat-log using were identified, involving sexual abuse of very young children by apparent parents being incentivised by the offer of significant payment from the United Kingdom.

Brown also encouraged the adults to go out and find 'street girls' to bring back and sexually abuse under his direction; these were likely to be orphans and homeless children. The chats were regular and lengthy, involving Brown giving graphic descriptions of abuse. Images of the activity were taken and sent to Brown in real time upon his request. A total of 282 indecent images of children were found on his electronic devices. Brown also travelled to the Philippines on a number of occasions.

Amy Narain from the CPS said: "This was a particularly horrific case of online child sexual abuse. Thanks to the meticulous work of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team at CPS South East the case was so strong that the defendant entered an early guilty plea.

"Perhaps the most appalling aspect of this case is that Brown maintained in his interview that he had 'helped' the children involved by providing money to their families for food and rent and chose to try and distinguish between 'online' and 'real world' abuse."

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Amy is a lawyer on our dedicated Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team.