May 2021

‘Depraved’ couple sentenced over abuse of young girls

A man who filmed himself raping girls as young as three before sharing the videos with his wife has been jailed for 18 years.

Dean Edmunds, 36, began abusing children when he was in his early 20s, Croydon Crown Court heard.

He and Leanne Edmunds, 32, dubbed themselves “perverts together forever” in text messages about the attacks.

His four victims were all aged under 13, and he also filmed his wife having sex with athe family dog.

The majority of the rape and sexual assault offences were in relation to one girl, who was aged between three and seven when the crimes took place.

After being sent one video of her husband raping a young girl, Mrs Edmunds replied: “Lol you naughty boy.”

The father of one of the victims said he “screamed in horror” when he found out what had happened.

“The guilt was too much to bear. I should have been there, I should have stopped it, I should have protected her,” he said.

Officers found about 6,700 indecent images of children, including 1,158 of the most severe category, on Edmunds’ devices when they searched the pair’s south east London home.

He made a total of 147 pictures and videos of four victims, all girls aged under 13, and shared at least six of them with his wife, who he also filmed having full sexual intercourse with the family dog.

Hundreds of “up-skirt” pictures of girls and women on public transport and in changing rooms were also discovered.

The investigation was fast paced and saw a team of ten officers recover 11 electronic devices to review the 1.5 million files, as well as travelling overseas a number of times to interview a victim and her family.

The majority of Edmunds’ rape and assault offences related to one girl who was aged between three and seven years old when the abuse took place.

The team continue to provide ongoing support to the victim and her family.

Edmunds admitted 28 offences, including raping and sexually assaulting a girl under 13, intercourse with an animal, and perverting the course of justice.

Judge Alice Robinson told him: “You represent a grave risk of serious sexual harm to children.”

His wife, who has spent eight months in prison on remand, was spared further jail and was given a three-year community order after admitting:

  • Three counts of making indecent photographs of children

  • Sexual intercourse with an animal

  • Possession of extreme pornographic image / images portraying an act of intercourse / oral sex with a dead / alive animal

  • Possession of prohibited images of children

  • Dean Edmunds was sentenced to a total of 18 years’ imprisonment for the following 28 offences:

    Three counts of rape of a girl under 13

    Assault of a child under 13 by penetration

    Nine counts sexual assault of a child under 13

    Causing a child to engage in sexual activity

    Inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

    Four counts of taking indecent photographs of a child

    Three counts of making indecent images of children

    Possessing indecent Images of a child

    Distributing indecent photographs of children

    Possession of extreme pornographic images

    Possession of prohibited images of children

    Intercourse with an animal

    Commit an act/series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice