THE sentencing of a paedophile who was caught asking a nine-year-old girl to send naked photographs has been delayed after his name was spelt incorrectly.

Christopher Philips, of Breame Oak Drive, Wheatley, was found guilty after a trial at Oxford Crown Court with five counts of child sexual offences which occurred between May and July of 2021.

The 47-year-old was charged after an online predator hunting team posed as a 13-year-old girl named Rihanna and reported him to police for alleged sexual communication.

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When his home was searched, further conversations with real underage people – including a nine-year-old girl – were found.

He was due to be sentenced at the same court on Thursday (February 22) for attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity as well as sexual communication with a child.

He is also due to be sentenced for causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of possession of an indecent photograph of a 13-year-old girl.

However, his name was spelt incorrectly meaning the prison did not know he was due to be taken into court.

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The ‘T’ was missing from his first name.

Judge Ian Pringle said: “It’s quite staggering because they managed to miss out the ‘T’ in his first name but they spelt Phillips correctly.”

Oxford Mail: Judge Ian Pringle Judge Ian Pringle He will now be sentenced on March 12 at 2pm.