A British paedophile who wrote a manual on how to abuse children and sold videos of himself raping children and babies online is facing as many as 22 life sentences after admitting an unprecedented number of child sex offences. Richard Huckle, 30 from Ashford in Kent, pleaded guilty to 71 offences including rape, sexual assault and grooming following a nine-year campaign of abuse against children in Malaysia.
Believed to be one of the worst paedophiles the UK has ever produced, Huckle targeted children as young as six-months old by posing as a photographer, gap year student, English teacher and philanthropist while visiting an impoverished community in Kuala Lumpur
Beginning when he was around 19, Huckle is believed to have abused as many as 200 boys and girls while doing voluntary work in the south-east Asian country. Huckle even posted thousands of images onto child porn websites and used paedophile crowdfunding website, PedoFunding, to finance the abuse and allow other online paedophiles to watch in exchange for Bitcoins.
In one instance, Huckle described on paedophile site called TLZ [The Love Zone] how he had "hit the jackpot" after finding a three-year-old girl who was "as loyal to me as my dog and nobody seemed to care".
Huckle was found to have wrote a manual explaining how to get away with abusing children in Asia, called "Pedophiles & Poverty: Child Lover Guide". The 30-year-old also documented the abuse he inflicted with an online scorecard called PedoPoints. Huckle awarded himself points based on the age, sex and location of the child. In the case of just over one year, Huckle was said to have given himself a score of 1,305.
Huckle was eventually arrested following a tip-off from Australian authorities at Gatwick Airport on 19 December 2014 after returning to the UK for Christmas. Police found more than 20,000 indecent images of children on his laptop and other hard drives.
Details of Huckle's level of horrifying abuse can now be reported after Judge Peter Rook QC lifted reporting restrictions at the Old Bailey. Huckle originally pleaded not guilty to 91 charges against him, but eventually admitted 71 of the charges over the course of five hearings. During an earlier hearing, it took more than one hour for all the charges against Huckle to be read out in court.
Sentencing is now taking place against Huckle, with a decision expected to arrive on Friday (3 June). He is facing a possible 22 life sentences for the offences, foreign media reports.
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