A Chester polygraph has become part of release terms for a man found with more than 1,000 indecent images of children.

The case

Philip Waterhouse, 53, of Alpraham Crescent, Upton, had previously pleaded guilty to possessing indecent and prohibited images of children. On Tuesday, January 4, Waterhouse went to Chester Crown Court to have his hearing. He was handed a 14-month prison term, suspended for 18 months, and made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The evidence

The Chester court listened to evidence that Waterhouse had a total of 1,376 indecent photographs of children. Waterhouse also had one indecent video of children. The images had dates from October 2010 and May 2020, when Waterhouse was living in Kingfisher Grove, Wincham, Northwich. Of the material found, 90 images were put in ‘category A’ – the most serious category of indecent image. A further 41 images and the video were put in category B. Fianlly, 1,245 images were put in category C. In addition, Waterhouse had 105 prohibited images of children.

Terms of the sentence

As part of Waterhouse’s suspended sentence, he must carry out up to 15 days of a rehabilitation activity requirement. He also has to carry out 200 hours unpaid work. He will not be allowed to work with children and vulnerable adults.

As part of the 10-year SHPO, Waterhouse must not own any device capable of accessing the internet without making it available for inspection by a police officer, and must not use any software capable of disguising his internet usage. He must also sign the sex offenders register for the next 10 years.

Chester polygraph testing

Waterhouse will also take regular polygraphs to prove he hasn’t had any contact with children. He will also be asked questions on if he has had access to the internet or similar technology. The polygraphs will take place at 3 month interims until the probation officers feel they can be then be every 6 months.

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