one of those families. They mean nothing to you.”
The court was told that after being arrested at Gatwick Air- port before Christmas in 2014 he was bailed back to his parents’ home in Park Farm, Ashford, the same night.
Brian O’Neill, prosecuting, told the court that his mother Christina and his father Edwin had confronted him about the sickening allegations the next morning and he confessed.
Mr O’Neill said: “His mother was extremely upset and angry. She and his father called the police and asked them to take their son away.
“They made it clear they did not want him under their roof.”
The former Harvey Grammar School pupil went to Malaysia on a gap year in 2005 and admitted abusing a two-year-old in Cambodia in March 2006.
He then later returned to Malaysia in 2007 and began targeting vulnerable children between the ages of three months old and 12, including two sisters who he abused over a seven-year period.
He filmed and photographed child rape before posting on paedophile forums on the dark web in exchange for payment of Bitcoins.
In online posts he wrote: “If you really want to fully embrace child love, then poverty is the way. Poor children might be ugly, illmannered and unhealthy but middle class kids are a no-go area.”
Huckle also kept an electronic ledger to record his crimes, giving himself a points score based on different categories of abuse.
He was so confident he would not get caught that he began working on a 60-page manual for other paedophiles on how to commit child sex offences but the National Crime Agency had been tipped off that he was a British national in 2014 and beginning a painstaking investigation to bring him to justice. The sickening details of Huckle’s crimes were read out in court, where prosecutor Brian O’Neill said many of the victims lived in children’s homes.
Brian O’Neill said: “Huckle held himself out as a legitimate student, photographer, English teacher and philanthropist, but was in fact abusing the children he purported to care about.
“He was trusted by parents and other adult family members to take these children out for treats on their birthdays, to assist them with their lessons, and their homework.
“He was trusted to take children out of care homes where they had been placed.
“Girls, boys, babies, toddlers, young children and pre-teens.
“Some children were abused for many years and plainly became conditioned to meeting the defendant’s sexual demands.
“The abuse ran the full gamut of offending including multiple rapes. On occasions children were encouraged to sexually abuse one another or were present when he was abusing another child.”