Trevor Monk paedophile London
Londoner Trevor Monk has been jailed for 19 years for 'depraved' sex crimes against young childrenNational Crime Agency

A London man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for a range of sex offences against young girls, including abuse, possessing indecent images and paying to watch the abuse of children in the Philippines via webcam. Trevor Monk, 47, from Erith, was found guilty at the Old Bailey.

The court heard Monk had paid thousands of pounds to "facilitators" in the Philippines to enable him to watch children being abused for his pleasure. He then went to Manila for two weeks in 2014 where he filmed himself in the act of abusing girls as young as eight. When police raided Monk's house they found tens of thousands of images and movies of the abuse of children as young as three.

Monk had already pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, assault of a child under 13 by penetration and sexual assault of a child under 13, causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to engage in a sexual act, intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, making indecent photographs of children and possessing indecent photographs of children.

Jailing Monk for 19-and-a-half years Judge Anuja Dhir QC said at the Old Bailey: "I have no doubt from the material I have seen today you had a perverted fascination with young females and that is what led you to behave in this abhorrent manner. Your actions were depraved and revolting. It is astonishing that anyone would want to film such abuse, but you did. I have no doubt you did so so that you could watch it again for your own sexual gratification."

Monk's arrest was a result of collaboration between police from the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK and counterparts in the Philippines, US and Australia. Matt Sutton from the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command said: "Not only did Trevor Monk pay for the sexual abuse of children to be streamed back to the UK live over the internet, he travelled to the Philippines to carry out the abuse himself.

"Protecting children from sexual abuse – whether they are in the UK or overseas – is a priority for the National Crime Agency. We will continue to work with our national and international law enforcement partners to share information and intelligence to ensure children are safeguarded and offenders are brought to justice".