Paedophile Phillip Morton convicted after he documented abuse in autobiography
PAEDOPHILE Phillip Morton was convicted of an indecent assault of a 15-year-old girl after documenting the abuse in his autobiography.
Police officers discovered the book, entitled The Loves And Heartaches Of My Life by Phillip Morton, along with more than 17,000 indecent images of children at his home in Immingham.
Morton, 56, of Princess Street, admitted 14 offences of possession of images and two offences of indecent assault on the 15-year-old between 1994 and 1995.
He was locked up for a total of five years and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
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Police executed a search warrant at his home in February and found the extensive collection which had been accumulated over many years.
Grimsby Crown Court heard that in fact there were 1.9 million images on a series of hard drives uncovered by police.
However, prosecutor Mark Kendall said, due to limited police manpower resources, it was not possible to say how many were indecent.
Of the more than 17,000 indecent images that were discovered, around 100 were of the most offensive category.
Mr Kendall said many of the images had been encrypted and software had been used to disguise his searches and access to indecent websites.
He added that chapter six of Morton's life story gave details of the relationship with the teenage girl, revealing Morton had given the girl gifts of earrings and a walkie-talkie so they could talk at night.
In it Morton wrote: "I found myself falling for her. I spent a lot of time with her."
He told how she stayed with him and slept in his bed.
In interview with police he told officers parts of the book had been made up and claimed the girl had said she was 16 years old.
He said he ended their relationship.
But officers traced the woman who gave details of the indecent assaults and told how she had viewed him as "a father figure".
For Morton, Richard Butters said his client's collection were for his own gratification and 80 per cent of them were of the lowest category of indecency.
He added his client was in poor health and "a medical time bomb", due to heart attacks in 2002 and 2005. Sentencing Morton, Judge Mark Bury said: "You were in a position of trust. You have breached that trust in an appalling way.
"There was an organisation and sophistication (in the collection) which was amassed over a number of years."