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UK pedophile ring sentenced in Bristol court for raping babies

On April 13, 2015, the case against two of the seven men began, with one member of the group telling the jury how he tried to recruit viewers around the world to join him as he drugged and raped babies.

Both John Denham, 49, and Matthew Stansfield, 34, had pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy to rape a child charges, instead, opting to face a trial. Needless to say, Denham got 12 years in jail, and Stansfield received 14 years in jail, according to the International Business Times.

The two men were charged with “conspiracy to rape or sexually abuse a baby under one.” They were part of the group initially arrested between September 11 and September 25, 2014 for the alleged crimes of rape and sexual abuse of children. Prosecutor Robert Davies told the jury the other five men in the group had already pleaded guilty to the charges.

The court heard how the men, who lived across the Uk, would travel countrywide, preying on families with babies or toddlers, sometimes even offering to babysit for the families. When given access to the targeted child, the child was sexually abused or raped, the whole sick incident taking place via live Internet feeds on the “dark web.”

In strongly worded remarks on Thursday, Judge Julian Lambert sentenced John Denham, Matthew Stansfield, Adam Toms, Matthew Lisk, Robin Hollyson, Christopher Knight and David Harsley to prison sentences ranging from two to 32 years, with Hollyson, who was filmed sexually abusing a baby, sentenced to 24 years plus 8 years on license.

Describing the crimes as the most “deviant behaviour imaginable,” the judge went on to say, “What you did is contrary to all nature and humanity and you each appear to have a chilling tendency to center the world on yourselves and your depraved desires without regard for the innocent and vulnerable.” the judge.

The group of men, who resided in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Bedfordshire, Humberside, Manchester and Somerset were well organized and Internet-savvy. They shared pornographic images and videos of children and babies using social network forums, even giving advice on what kind and how much of the medications to give children to make them easier to abuse, reports the Daily Mail.

Prosecutor Davies told the jury that some of the conversations the men recorded are too vile and graphic to repeat. Jurors were also told the men used online names like “perve111 and BabyF*****.” Davies alsso told the court that none of the parents had any idea of what ws happening to their children.

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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