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Britain’s ‘worst paedophile’ Richard Huckle handed 22 life sentences
One of Britain’s worst paedophiles, who posted on the “dark web” as he abused up to 200 Malaysian children, has been handed 22 life sentences.
Freelance photographer Richard Huckle, from Ashford in Kent, admitted an unprecedented number of offences against children aged between six months and 12 years from 2006 to 2014.
Judge Peter Rook QC gave the 30-year-old ordered him to serve a minimum term of 25 years.
He has already spent 488 days in jail, so faces more than 23 years in prison before a parole board can consider his release.
A stream of pictures and videos of his rapes and assaults on children were shared with paedophiles worldwide through the now defunct dark website TLZ – The Love Zone.
He even tried to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowd-funding the release of the images and was compiling a paedophile’s manual at the time of his arrest by the National Crime Agency.
Twenty-three children from poor Christian communities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur were identified in 71 charges, although Huckle’s tally of abuse which he catalogued on a “Pedopoints ledger” was much higher.
Christian Huckle clasped his hands in prayer as his sentence was read out by Judge Rook.
The judge told him: “You have pleaded guilty to as many as 71 sexual offences. It is very rare indeed that a judge has to sentence sexual offending by one person on such a scale as this.”
Huckle was consumed by and obsessed with his own sexual gratification, he said.
And his “campaign of rape” was of “deep concern”, the judge said.
As Huckle was sent down, a woman in the public gallery shouted out that “1,000 deaths is too good for you, I know one of those families.”.
Posing as English teacher, he abused children from the age of six months to 12-years-old over a nine-year-period.
Huckle first visited Malaysia on a teaching gap year when he was 19 and went on to groom more children posing as a respectable Christian English teacher and philanthropist.
He was arrested by National Crime Agency officials as he arrived at Gatwick Airport en route to spend Christmas with his family in 2014.
Officers seized Huckle’s encrypted laptop and, although he refused to hand over passwords, they managed to uncover 20,000 indecent pictures and videos.
They found Huckle’s paedophile manual called Paedophiles And Poverty: Child Lover Guide and a “Pedopoints ledger” in which he awarded himself marks for the abuse of 191 girls and boys.
In online posts, Huckle bragged: “Impoverished kids are definitely much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids.”
Offering advice to other like-minded people, he wrote: “If you really want to fully embrace child love, poverty is the way to go.”
He said middle-class children were protected “no-go areas” while the less privileged may be “ugly, ill-mannered and unhealthy”, the court heard.
Commenting on one of his victims, he boasted: “I’d hit the jackpot, a 3yo girl as loyal to me as my dog and nobody seemed to care.”
Huckle crowd-funded the release of indecent images of the three-year-old girl in exchange for Bitcoins, achieving 105 per cent of his target.
His parents were so horrified when he confessed his crimes that they begged police to take him away and made statements to support his prosecution, the court heard.
Ahead of his sentencing, Huckle claimed to a psychiatrist that he wanted to put his “madness” behind him and settle down with a south Indian woman.
But the court was shown a posting from 2013 in which he outlined his plan to marry one of his victims in order to help him abuse more children.
In a message to TMZ’s 7,000 users, he described how he had “fallen in love” with South Asia and its “adorable kids”.
He wrote: “I have gotten particularly close with one family whom I have known about six years.
“I have sexual contact with four of the girls in that family and, though the family obviously does not approve it, they try to work around it as they know I can be a potentially valuable asset to them in future.”
On planning to marry one of the girls when she turns 18, he wrote: “I feel my situation could strongly benefit me in that my partner is still quite young and I have known her since she was seven and I can influence her young mind to mould her into the perfect wife.
“My ambition once married would be for our family to be like foster carers for children, temporary or long term.”
The prosecution argued that Huckle’s crimes were “wholly exceptional” and should not fall within the usual sentencing guidelines.
Huckle was a regular worshipper at Ashford Baptist Church, where he was described as a quiet man. He was also a member of a church in London, which he continued to attend up until the time of his re-arrest in January 2015
Paedophile raped babies, toddlers while in Malaysia
One of the most prolific paedophiles ever to have been brought before a UK court is being sentenced tomorrow
Former grammar schoolboy Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford, Kent, targeted poverty-stricken communities in Malaysia and Cambodia, and – after winning the trust of locals – systematically abused 23 boys and girls as young as six months old.
The freelance photographer used religion and an English teaching qualification to gain access to children in an impoverished community in Malaysia.
He raped babies, toddlers and children – subjecting some to abuse over a seven-year period – and shared videos and pictures with fellow paedophiles on the dark web.
Details of the abuse can only now be reported because investigators had sought a court order allowing time to make sure the victims were safe from other online sexual predators.
Grammar school educated Huckle was arrested at Gatwick Airport in 2014 after Australian authorities alerted the National Crime Agency to his crimes.
Investigators found more than 20,000 abuse images on his computer, along with a handbook he wrote advising other paedophiles on how to abuse children and get away with it.
Huckle’s crimes were so serious that prosecutors planned three separate Old Bailey trials as they felt one jury could not cope with viewing all the videos and photographs of abuse.
In January, Huckle pleaded not guilty to all 91 charges, but ahead of his trial in April, he gradually admitted 71 of the offences over the course of five more hearings.
At his first plea hearing at the Old Bailey, it took more than an hour to read out all the charges.
According to one charge, Huckle had bragged: “I’d hit the jackpot, a 3yo girl as loyal to me as my dog and nobody seemed to care.”
Twenty-two of the offences he pleaded guilty to carry discretionary life sentences and 18 of these are multiple incident counts.
At an earlier hearing, Judge Peter Rook QC said: “You have pleaded guilty to 71 counts.
While he admits raping and molesting 23 youngsters, many more are thought to have fallen prey to him between 2006 and December 2014 when he was finally arrested as he returned to Britain for a Christmas holiday.
He even wrote a 60 page instruction manual for other perverts called Paedophiles & Poverty: Child Lover Guide, which he shared in twisted chatrooms.
He treated his sick crimes like a game by awarding himself ‘paedo-points’ for how vile the offences were
Huckle’s favourite method was to target vulnerable children in poverty stricken communities, even boasting of his exploits to other paedophiles online.
In one posting he wrote: “Impoverished kids are definitely easier to seduce to than middle-class Western kids.”
He used sick sites on the dark web to sell images of his abuse to other child molesters, accepting payment in Bitcoins.
Huckle’s victims included boys, girls, toddlers, pre-teens and even babies, including one aged just six months old.
Huckle also kept an electronic ledger or score card on which he would award himself points according to how far his abuse had gone with a particular youngster
In one exchange found online, he wrote about “hitting the jackpot” after discovering a three-year-old girl who he said was as “loyal as a dog”.
Investigators found a posting in which he said: “I have found a three-year-old girl who I can have so much sex with it’s boring.”
Huckle also kept an electronic ledger or score card on which he would award himself points according to how far his abuse had gone with a particular youngster.
When detectives investigated his laptop, camera and phone they discovered more than 20,000 indecent images of young children, many featuring Huckle participating in abuse.
“As you know these amount to sexual offending of the utmost gravity and as a result I am considering life sentences in your case.”
He is thought to be only the third British man convicted under a recent law that allows the UK prosecution of “sex tourists”.
The sentencing is expected to last until Friday.