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Police pored over mobile phone of pedophile voyeur, Grimsby court hears

ByCindy J. Daddario

May 30, 2022

Scunthorpe’s vile voyeur Steven Shipp avoided jail despite admitting he was obsessed with underage children when police found indecent footage on his phone.

At Grimsby Crown Court, Shipp, 43, of Melford Court in Scunthorpe admitted trying to communicate sexually with a child and possessing indecent images on his phone.

Continuing, Andrew Semple said Shipp had previously received a voyeurism warning for using binoculars to spy on a 14-year-old girl’s bedroom. The prosecutor told how Humberside Police, backed by intelligence from the National Crime Agency, detected Shipp using his phone to communicate with children. The offenses were committed between November 2019 and September 2020.

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They attended his address which he has shared with his wife for three years. His Samsung Galaxy phone was analyzed and found with 283 indecent images and some videos. Mr Semple said the phone had an app that allowed Shipp to watch others play video games on computers, including boys aged 12 and 13.

The phone’s camera would be moved from the computer games screen to focus on the boys, with whom it was communicating. He told one if he shared the fantasy of being in a shower at school.

When he was arrested, Shipp told police he felt lonely and had just lost his job. He said he didn’t make a kid do anything he didn’t want to do, but he said he finds boys and girls attractive. He admitted to deleting some files, Mr. Semple said.



Steven Shipp appeared at Grimsby Crown Court over indecent footage of child charges

For Shipp, Richard Hackfath said the images fell into the lowest category of indecency and that the offenses were committed between 18 months and two years ago. He said his client made a full confession to police in a letter addressed to him.

“It’s an unusual candour. He accepts that he has a problem with underage boys and girls. He’s a defendant who wants to address those issues,” the defense attorney said. Mr Hackfath said his client never received a support intervention to solve his problem. He said his client was working, but his wife was not.

Judge Michael Fanning thanked Mr Hackfath for his helpful mitigation and told Shipp he had “a disturbing obsession with children”. He said: “We don’t know if it was a 14 year old or if it was a trapped adult or an adult who likes the same thing as you. You communicated with a child for your own sexual gratification.

“Your intention was to have a communication with a 13 year old boy. You are 43 years old and you are communicating with a 13 year old child who is still developing sexually and the last thing they need is a 43 year old man like you sending pictures of themselves and asking for pictures of them is incredibly harmful.

The judge added that he should grant him an early guilty plea, although he is not bound by a sentencing directive. He handed down a one-year sentence suspended for two years. He must follow the Horizon program and work with probation services to participate in 30 days of rehabilitation activities. The judge also ordered 150 hours of unpaid work in the community. He imposed a 10-year sexual abuse prevention order to prohibit contact with children and ensure police can check his internet history.

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