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'Depraved' landlord Phillip Jackson filmed girl in the shower
A FATHER-OF-THREE filmed the 14-year-old daughter of his lodger on a hidden camera as she showered.
Fifty-four-year-old Phillip Jackson, from Crayford, doctored a shower gel bottle and concealed his mobile phone inside it to take intimate videos of the girl.
Police also found hundreds of disgusting images featuring animals and children as young as four.
Being sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, Judge Michael Topolski told Jackson: “You reached down into a dark dungeon of depravity.”
On January 3, the daughter of Jackson’s lodger noticed a shower gel bottle with a hole in it and a flashing light.
Gordon Carse, prosecuting, said: “She came into the living room and asked if anyone needed to use the toilet before she went for a shower.
“Mr Jackson said he did. In effect it was a ruse.”
It was at this stage Jackson turned on the camera in the bathroom.
Mr Carse added: “She took out the mobile phone and saw it was recording images of her.
“She immediately stopped it and deleted it.”
Police searched Jackson’s house, uncovering three CDs, a hard drive, a laptop and a mobile phone containing more than 2,000 indecent images of children ranging up to the most serious level five.
Judge Topolski said: “I have seen this material and some of them are of very young children being compelled to do very grotesque things and having grotesque things done to them.”
There were also 77 images and five videos of extreme animal pornography.
Jackson was charged with three counts of voyeurism, one count of making indecent images of children and 11 counts of possessing indecent images of children.
He was also charged with three counts of possessing extreme pornographic images involving animals and one count of distributing indecent images of children.
He pleaded guilty to all charges.
James Hasslacher, mitigating, said Jackson was at a low risk of re-offending.
He said: “How a man of exemplary character can descend into the spiral of depravity is a shock even to him.
“He can’t understand it, he found himself almost addicted. He could not stop himself.”
Mr Hasslacher said Jackson had already served seven months in custody, had received counselling and was disgusted at what he has done.
Jackson was sentenced to a three-year community order with supervision and will need to go on a programme for sex offenders.
A sexual offences prevention order was also imposed, banning him from using the internet unless under his employer’s supervision, owning a computer, working with under-16s, possessing a camera in public and from having under-18s at his house.
Judge Topolski said: “I am as confident as I can be the action I am going to take will better protect the victims of this case and other children from your depraved gaze.”