A 57-year-old retired teacher has been jailed for life after the UK’s first trial involving the online abuse of Filipino children.
Paul O’Neil, aged 57 from Wollaton Vale, pleaded responsible to 30 charges of procuring children as younger as 4 for [email protected] acts, together with rape, after sending £6,000 to the Philippines to fulfill his “fetishes” with youngster abuse, virginity and incest.
He will serve 12 years earlier than he’s eligible to use for parole. The decide at Nottingham Crown Court, Gregory Dickinson QC, stated: “It seems to me highly likely you will remain in custody for considerably longer.”
The Nottingham Post reported that O’Neill had visited the Philippines, ostensibly as a teacher for a charity. Although he had researched youngster [email protected] tourism, there was no direct proof that he had abused children in particular person.
James Varley, prosecuting, stated O’Neill had by no means been in hassle earlier than and was a “bastion of the native church, and Sunday faculty teacher who seems to be a healthful, married father-of-two.
“We now know this was clearly not the case. In fact, he had a dark side to him which he kept concealed — he was obsessed with the [email protected] exploitation of pre-pubescent girls and enjoyed the [email protected] abuse and degradation of young girls.”
Mr Varley stated the kid abuse was organised and directed by O’Neill in collaboration with Filipino ladies.
In mitigation, Sean Smith stated that O’Neill had proven no indicators of an unhealthy curiosity in children earlier than 2008 and described his offences as “horrific and disgusting”.
He stated that O’Neill was like a drug addict who couldn’t cease and had sunk into “depravity”.
Other offences admitted by O’Neill included making three,416 indecent pictures of children between 2008 and 2016, and possessing an additional 2,832 prohibited pictures when he was arrested in November final yr.
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