Wealthy Isle of Wight businessman Peter Tomlinson has been remanded in custody accused of paying to watch live streams of children being extremely sexually abused overseas.

Mr Tomlinson, 63, of Baring Road in Cowes, appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates Court this afternoon (Wednesday) on 12 charges following a major National Crime Agency investigation, which involved law enforcement in the US.

He is charged with 5 counts of paying for the sexual services of a girl under 13; 2 counts of causing or inciting the sexual exploitation of a child under 13; 2 counts of intentionally encouraging/assisting the commission of an either way offence and 3 counts of making indecent photographs/pseudo photographs of a child.

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The court heard how Mr Tomlinson, who is said to be supported by his wife, is alleged to have paid up to £5,000 over the years to watch children as young as 11-years-old being sexually abuse via the internet.

Peter, a member of the Catholic church and a prominent businessman, now faces a lengthy and significant custodial sentence – something his solicitor Mr Cameron has acknowledged. The former JR Zone owner has also been involved in several other organisations over the years including Betapak and Education Destination – although he has given up his directorships.

A slimmed-down Peter, dressed in a black jacket, appeared via video link from the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court. He spoke to confirm his name, age and address and to confirm he understood the charges against him. No pleas were entered.

Magistrates remanded Mr Tomlinson in custody to appear before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 14th December 2020.

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