Man jailed for live streaming child sex abuse from the Philippines

MPMC Thomas Fairley
MPMC Thomas Fairley

A man who paid for the live-streaming of child abuse from the Philippines and collected thousands of indecent images has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Thomas James Fairley, aged 43, from Bletchley, had previously admitted eight charges of child sexual abuse.

Fairley was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command in March 2015, on suspicion of paying for indecent images of children and inciting sexual activity with children from the Philippines.

During a search of his home, investigators recovered several electronic devices including two laptops and one desktop computer, which contained 3,375 indecent images and videos of children. The material included over 300 items of the most extreme type (Category A), as well as extreme adult pornographic images.

Skype chat records found on one of the laptops showed Fairley stated he had a sexual interest in children and had been requesting ‘shows’ with children via live-streaming. He also promised to send money for indecent images of children, and requested that victims be of certain ages.

Fairley was sentenced today at Luton Crown Court to two and a half years in prison and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Matt Sutton, from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command, said:“Thomas Fairley paid for the sexual abuse of some of the world’s most vulnerable children to be streamed back to him in the UK, live via the internet.

“He also collected a large number of extremely disturbing images, some of which fall into the worst category possible. Each of these images involved a child being abused.

“The NCA will continue to work with our national and international law enforcement partners to safeguard children and bring to account those who abuse them.”