Norfolk

Norfolk ex-minister Philip Hilstrop in child porn breach

A former Methodist minister with a conviction for 1,000 indecent images of children breached a court order by taking "ordinary photographs".

Philip Hilstrop, 63, of Queen's Road, Norwich, was given a four-month prison term, suspended for two years, in 2011.

Norwich Crown Court heard he had a phone that could access the internet and had used a camera, in breach of a sexual offences prevention order.

He admitted the breaches and was given a three-year rehabilitation order.

Hilstrop had been ordered to complete a rehabilitation programme and was banned from working with children when he was originally sentenced at Norwich Crown Court in June 2011.

'Very honest'

At that time, he had admitted charges relating to possessing more than 1,000 indecent images.

On Friday, he admitted a breach between January 2012 and August 2013 and another between January 2012 and May 2013.

One incident included taking "ordinary tourist photographs" during a holiday to Spain.

There was nothing to suggest he had taken pictures of children, the court heard.

Michael Clare, mitigating, said there was nothing to suggest he had ever behaved inappropriately towards a child.

He added: "He is very honest about the fact that he has a sexual attraction to young boys and that brings him into conflict with the laws of this country.

"This is a problem he is keen to address."

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