Once you’ve saved one child it becomes almost addictive
The pervert, called Malcolm, rifled through the bedroom drawers in their house, smirking as he handled the young children’s clothes.
Sickeningly he explained to his sidekick how he met his victim online and earned her trust by offering to decorate her house for free.
Then came the words: “I am gonna do the children and I am gonna do the mother.”
But the family was saved because Malcolm’s “pal” was really Ian James – an undercover policeman who lived a double life for 20 years, saving up to 50 children.
At home he was a loving husband and dad of two children aged three and five. At work he disguised his feelings of disgust while pretending to be mates with monsters such as Malcolm.
Ian, 59 – given an MBE and numerous police commendations – tells his story in his book Save One Child. He spent six months with Malcolm, who had been freed after 12 years’ jail for abusing youngsters. “He was odious,” said Ian, “permanently self-centred with a massive ego.
“Any child over seven was too old for him, which was extremely distressing. We were talking about children the same age as my own.”