Bri­tish court gives 22 life sen­tences to pae­dophile

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON—A court in Bri­tain has sen­tenced a former school­teacher to 22 life sen­tences for child abuse af­ter us­ing his po­si­tion teach­ing English in Malaysia to gain ac­cess to vic­tims.

Judge Peter Rook sen­tenced 30-year-old free­lance pho­tog­ra­pher Richard Huckle on Mon­day to serve a min­i­mum of 25 years for 71 of­fenses against chil­dren aged be­tween six months and 12 years from 2006 to 2014.

The Na­tional Crime Agency ar­rested Huckle in 2014 and found 20,000 in­de­cent images on his com­puter, 1,117 of which showed him rap­ing and abus­ing chil­dren in his care. Huckle also cre­ated a 60-page “how to” guide for other pe­dophiles seek­ing to evade get­ting caught. He also kept a score­card tal­ly­ing the num­ber of chil­dren abused.

Huckle groomed chil­dren while pos­ing as a Chris­tian English teacher and phi­lan­thropist.—AP

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