Ex-South Yorks prison chief jailed in ‘extreme porn’ case

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A FORMER prison governor who downloaded extreme pornography has been jailed because he allowed others remote access his computer - laying himself open to blackmail.

While using adult internet chatrooms, Philip Oliver, gave others remote access to his computer so they could download his material, Doncaster Crown Court heard.

At the time he was a governor at HMP Doncaster in Marshgate.

The judge said that made the circumstances of the case far more serious.

Oliver, who pleaded guilty to possessing still and moving extreme pornography, was jailed for six months.

He will have to be segregated from other inmates because of his professional background.

The 54-year-old, whose wife is also a prison governor, came to police attention when a chatroom user alerted officers because of comments Oliver had made online.

When his computer was taken from his home in St Mary’s Drive, Dunsville, it was found to contain the images.

They had been downloaded before the law changed and it became illegal in 2009.

But by using Team Viewer software Oliver, pictured left, had made them available to anyone who had access to his computer from cyberspace.

Judge Peter Kelson, QC, said it was a ‘troubling and complex case’ because Oliver was not breaking the law when he downloaded the images in 2007.

Around the same time he had become interested in chatrooms where men fantasised about allowing other men to have sex with their wives.

Oliver told police he fantasised about ‘giving up control’ of his wife.

Judge Kelson said: “This is not a court of morals, it is a court of law.

“You are a former governor at Doncaster Prison and your barrister says that has no relevance.

“I’ve come to the conclusion all of those matters are relevant to sentencing.

“As the governor of Doncaster Prison your interest in these websites was an entirely private matter - but not when you installed Team Viewer software, giving over control of your computer to any other person with whom you were having sexual fantasies, who had access to your computer.

“In doing so you, rendered yourself vulnerable to blackmail and it is not hard to imagine the potential consequences.

“This is a crime where the possession of those extreme images in the circumstances of this case is far more serious than the act itself.

“In your position of great responsibility, giving over control of your computer to people sharing your fantasies puts the possession of those images in a completely different category.”

Oliver’s barrister, Andrew Fitzpatrick, earlier told the court he had not shared the images with anyone else and had not made any commercial gain.

“He has made a dreadful mistake and this is the most humiliating day of his life. Nothing that can be said can make him feel any worse about what he has done to his family.”

Oliver resigned from his position at Marshgate when he was arrested and charged.