A man from Walton-on-Thames who was found guilty of possessing a paedophile manual was sentenced today (7 June), at Guildford Crown Court, following a thorough investigation.
Julian Pitcairn, 58, was also found guilty of three counts of possession of indecent images of a child.
He was arrested on 13 March 2018 after a paedophile manual believed to belong to him was handed in to police. A number of indecent images covering category A to C were also found.
Officers searched his address and seized Pitcairn’s devices, including his mobile phone, computer and a camera.
An investigation was carried out between March and June 2018, which included an examination of Pitcairn’s devices. A link to a manual, as well as a search term in relation to schoolgirls, was found on his computer.
He was charged with possession of a paedophile manual and three counts of possession of indecent images in September 2018.
He was found guilty of all four charges by a unanimous verdict at Guildford Crown Court on 10 May.
Investigating Officer, Dave Evans from Surrey Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), said: “This was an unusual and rare case as the law in relation to possession of paedophile manuals only came into effect in 2015. Pitcairn denied all knowledge of the manual and the photos throughout the investigation and the trial. He also denied all knowledge of a link found on his computer in relation to schoolgirls even though he had admitted looking at a link to an estate agent’s website moments before.
“The jury took just under four hours to unanimously convict him of all four charges.
“This was an extremely challenging investigation but our hard work has paid off and has resulted in the defendant being brought to justice.
“If you suspect anyone of viewing or distributing child abuse images, I would urge you to report it to us straightaway.
“We would also urge you to come forward if you believe a child is being sexually or physically abused and assure you that all allegations will be fully investigated.”
Pitcairn was handed a total of 16 months imprisonment, which was suspended for 24 months, attend 27 sessions of sexual offenders treatment programme, complete 20 days of rehab and 120 hours unpaid work, as well as paying £3,640 costs and victim surcharge. He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for a total of 10 years.
For further information on how to report suspected child abuse, please click here: https://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/caa/child-abuse/how-to-report-possible-child-abuse/
If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s online behaviour, you can contact the Lucy Faithfull Foundation at https://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk/ or call the confidential Stop It Now! helpline on 0808 1000 900.