April 2021

Tilbury man fantasised about chaining up child as ‘sex slave’

A man from Essex and his partner have been jailed after they sexually abused an eight-year-old girl.

Robert Stanley, 36, from Tilbury and his partner Danielle Schofield, 34, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire were put behind bars after a National Crime Agency investigation.

The investigation found that the pair had also fantasised about kidnapping, gagging and keeping a child chained up as their ‘sex slave’.

In April 2020 the NCA started investigating Stanley after intelligence indicated that he had accessed three Category A (the most serious) child abuse videos.

Stanley, unemployed, of Feenan Highway, was arrested by officers at Schofield’s home in Centenary Square, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire on April 23, 2020.

Stanley was released on conditional bail while the investigation continued.

The investigation also found that the pair had a video call during which Schofield sexually abused an eight-year-old girl.

During the horrific abuse, Stanley took screenshots to use for his gratification after he encouraged and incited Schofield.

Forensic examination of Stanley’s mobile phone showed he had also sent Schofield a Category B indecent image of a child. She was subsequently arrested on May 20, 2020 and released on conditional bail while the NCA’s investigation continued.

Officers then discovered that the pair had disturbing conversations about child abuse, and also discussed alleged previous abuse of the girl and plotted future abuse.

Evidence of four Category B images were found on Stanley’s phone including two screenshots he took of the video call where Schofield abused the eight-year-old girl who NCA officers identified and safeguarded.

They were both once again arrested on September 30, 2020 for serious child sexual offences and remanded in custody.

At Bradford Crown Court the couple faced the judge and admitted to arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, taking indecent images of children and distributing indecent images of children.

Yesterday (Friday, April 23) they were jailed for a total of seven years and 10 months.

Stanley was handed a four-and-a-half year sentence and Schofield three years and four months.

They must also both sign the sex offenders register for life and were given sexual harm prevention orders