Images of extreme porn land ex-prison boss in jail

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A DISGRACED prison boss has been jailed for six months after he admitted downloading bestiality pornography.

Philip Oliver, 54, was director of public protection at privately-run HMP Doncaster, South Yorkshire, when he downloaded the extreme porn to his home computer before making it available for others to view.

The married father-of-two admitted downloading the images in April 2007 using Windows Messenger after indulging in his fantasies in an online chatroom.

Prosecutor Neil Coxon told Doncaster Crown Court yesterday police went to Oliver’s house after being alerted to something he had said in the chatroom and seized his laptop and computer.

Oliver, who was Senior Assistant Director at HMP Doncaster until he was arrested in September 2010, invited another user to have sex with his wife. He also talked about having under-age daughters aged 12 and 14 in the house, which was a lie as both his daughters were grown women and had moved out.

He told officers his interest in chatrooms, which he had started using in 2006 or 2007, was becoming a “problem” but initially denied being interested in the extreme porn.

He said he had uploaded an image of a woman he had told other users was his wife, when in fact it was an image of a model he had got from another website.

Oliver had even downloaded team viewer software in May 2009, which allowed other chatroom users to take control of his computer remotely.

There were also six images showing scenes of bestiality and a number of films of similar scenes, totalling six minutes and one second. They were not illegal when Oliver downloaded them in 2007. But when the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act came into force in January 2009 the images were rendered illegal.

Sentencing Oliver to six months in prison, Judge Peter Kelson QC, said that although the sentence for the actual act of intercourse with an animal was usually a community order, possessing such extreme material was far more serious in this case as it could have made Oliver vulnerable to blackmail .

Oliver pleaded guilty to two pornography charges. Andrew Fitzpatrick, mitigating, said Oliver was of previous good character.

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