Chief Justice Helen Murrell sentenced Philpot to 19 months in jail, but released him on a two-and-a-half-year recognisance release order, which imposes conditions such as good behaviour, counselling for up to two years and supervision by the ACT Corrections Directorate for two years.



Former NSW school principal pleads guilty to accessing child pornography

By Elizabeth Byrne

Thu 27 Nov 2014, 5:04pm

A former New South Wales primary school principal will be sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court after pleading guilty to a charge of accessing child pornography.

Michael Philpot, 58, had been principal of a school in the NSW town of Young.

He was arrested last year after his employer found sexually explicit text messages and photos on his work phone.

Court documents reveal Philpot had made contact with a 13 or 14-year-old Canberra boy on an app called Grindr, before the pair communicated by phone sharing explicit conversations by text, and sending each other inappropriate images.

He has been charged with using a carriage service to access child pornography.

Philpot left the school last year after the material was found.

He will return to the ACT Supreme Court next month for sentencing.


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