A businessman and former President of the Chamber of Commerce has been jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing children.
Ex-President of the Isle of Wight Chamber Peter Tomlinson, 63, admitted 20 charges, including 10 for paying for the sexual services of a girl under the age of 13 – arranging, directing and sexual abuse of children in the Philippines paid.
When arrested at his home on Baring Road, Cowes, in October 2019 by National Crime Agency officials, he said, “What you are looking for is on my computer. It is my escape from reality. It is all it is. ”
Tomlinson paid £ 5,511 over 127 transactions in accounts in the Philippines between May 2015 and April 2017 for a mix of live streaming child sexual abuse (CSA) and adult sex shows.
The NCA uncovered evidence that over a period of three years from 2016 to 2019 he repeatedly paid presenters for abusing at least 11 young girls on the live stream.
The youngest was only five years old when the abuse started. In January 2018, Tomlinson paid £ 22 to watch a live sex show with the child that he had requested. On another exchange in January 2019, he said he would pay a Filipino woman £ 7.66 if she had sex on a 10-year-old girl.
Investigators found evidence of thousands of messages between Tomlinson and the presenter who were arrested and the children protected.
They exchanged 4,166 chat lines on Skype – 358 were video calls and 3,809 text messages.
During those calls, Tomlinson repeatedly requested “harder” abuse material, explaining what he wanted to see and then complaining about what he had received.
In June 2018, he paid the woman £ 12.99 and then complained about the price: “I’ll be expecting a show with two girls for 30 minutes.”
The communication between Tomlinson and the woman was with him at any time of the day or night, telling her “I’m busy in meetings” and “I’m still working”.
During an interview with NCA officials, he admitted arranging, running, and paying for live streaming CSAs and owning naughty pictures of children.
His electronic devices contained 47 Category A images (the heaviest), 148 Category B images, 353 Category C images, and 46 extreme images.
Tomlinson pleaded guilty to Newport Magistrates Court last December.
Investigators charged him on an additional eight counts in February this year after proving he was responsible for the abuse of an additional nine children in the Philippines.
Phil Eccles, operations manager for the NCA, said, “Peter Tomlinson believed he could do his nasty crimes from the comfort of his home and get away with it. He was directly responsible for the most heinous abuse of children thousands of miles away from him.
“Everyone like Tomlinson should know that the NCA and the UK Police will never give up our pursuit of those who commit these horrific crimes.”
Child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation the Stop It Now! Helpline – 0808 1000 900 – offers confidential advice to anyone who is concerned about their own behavior or that of others towards children.