A Victorian man who exploited underprivileged girls in the Philippines by paying for sex acts and images has been sentenced to four years in prison.
The electronic devices Philip John Cooper kept at his home and in a locker at work contained online conversations, images, and videos, including a 24-minute video show for which he paid for a teenage girl and photos of 11 and 12-year-old girls he ordered from their mother.
Cooper was in regular contact with the Filipina at Melbourne Airport on a return flight from Manila from December 2018 until his arrest on November 7, 2019, when authorities discovered an explicit online conversation on his cell phone. Laptops and hard drives found during searches of his home in Barnawartha on the NSW border and a storage facility in Karratha, Western Australia, revealed a catalog of depravity.
County Court Judge Justin Hannebery said in the most serious example: Cooper recorded a video taken by a girl, believed to be 13 at the time, in which he instructed her to undress and lewd her over Skype. perform actions.
“You were 45 years older than her,” Judge Hannebery said. “She told you right away that she was hungry and that her mother couldn’t afford the food she wanted.
“You leveraged her hunger and her poverty to get a child to engage in sexual activity with you in exchange for $38. You have shamelessly exploited this situation for your own sexual satisfaction. That makes your moral guilt for this crime extremely high.”
Judge Hannebery on Wednesday sentenced the 61-year-old father of an adult daughter and son to four years and a month in prison after previously pleading guilty to five charges, including sexual activity with a child outside Australia and soliciting and possession of material for child abuse.
He must serve two years and six months before being eligible for parole.
Federal police believe Cooper also planned to visit the 13-year-old girl on another trip to the Philippines. When he was arrested, he said he visited the country every two weeks and had lived there before.
The main victim told police she was separated from her mother, was upset by the video and felt nauseous thinking about “how Phil ruined my life”. Before his verdict, the court heard that Cooper would pay the girl $40,000 in damages, which, according to his lawyer, illustrated the perpetrator’s remorse and remorse.