Harrogate man who uploaded thousands of indecent images over eight years has escaped jail


Philip Grange, 52, of Follifoot, scoured the web for sickening photos and videos of children and distributed a “large number” of these images, York Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Brooke Morrison said Grange, a farm worker and father of one, uploaded the despicable material from 2012 to his arrest in 2020.

During this period, it had amassed 4,203 indecent images of children, 687 of which were rated Category A – the worst type of material of its kind.

York Crown Court

Police raided his home in August 2020 and seized several devices, including cell phones, a laptop, a tablet and a USB drive.

Five of these devices contained illegal material, including 75 prohibited images or children’s cartoons.

The device scan also revealed 190 images featuring extreme pornography, including bestiality.

Ms Morrison said Grange had also used the KIK messaging app to access and distribute a “large number of (illegal) files”.

Police discovered that Grange engaged in bawdy conversations with like-minded people on the social media platform.

Grange, who is also a grandfather, had traded his own depraved material for footage collected by others.

“Chats were found where users said they were children and these were very explicit conversations, including (chats) about incest,” Ms Morrison added.

There were also a “large number” of internet searches for incest found on Grange’s devices.

Grange, of Hillside, Follifoot, was charged with three counts of possessing or making indecent images of children, three counts of distributing and one count of possessing extreme pornography.

He admitted all offenses and appeared for sentencing today (3 November).

Ms Morrison said Grange had “active involvement (in a) distribution network (of indecent images)”.

Defense lawyer Ismael Uddin said Grange was “socially isolated” but had worked all his life and was otherwise a “productive member of society”.

Grange had never had any issues before and had a “lack of understanding of the actual harm caused (to the children featured in the images)”.

After his arrest, Grange told a probation officer it was a “relief” to be arrested because he “knew what he was doing was wrong.”

Recorder Paul Reid said Grange had a “totally unacceptable and perverse interest in pornography, especially child abuse images”.

“Every (indecent) photo… and video that is viewed shows a child being abused and sometimes in the most atrocious way,” Mr Reid added.

He told Grange: “You’ve engaged in discussions (and) some of this material is totally disgusting, totally objectionable.”

He said Grange’s offense was compounded by the length of time he downloaded the vile material and the “massive volume” of footage he collected.

However, he said he noted that Grange, although now an isolated figure, had a job and family background and had lived an otherwise law-abiding life.

He said that for these reasons he could suspend the inevitable prison sentence.

Grange was given a 20-month suspended sentence and ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to perform up to 40 days of rehabilitation activities and placed on a 10-year sexual abuse prevention order, primarily designed to curb his internet activities.

Grange was also placed on the sex offenders register and ordered to pay £425 in prosecution costs.

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