Gang ‘Streamed Child Abuse On The Internet’

Published April 11, 2015 by JS2

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Jurors were told the men often gained access to their victims by gaining the trust of their parents and offering to babysit them.

A court in Bristol has heard how a group of paedophiles raped and abused babies and children under the age of five, streaming their crimes live on the internet.

Jurors were told the gang of men from across England often gained access to their victims by gaining the trust of their parents and offering to babysit them.

In some cases, offenders travelled hundreds of miles to an agreed point in order to snatch a short amount of time with a victim.

The court heard that video conferencing and Skype were used to arrange and view the assaults.

The men also communicated via the “dark web”, a hidden part of the internet, in an attempt to keep their crimes secret.

Prosecutor, Robert Davies warned the jury: “This prosecution will take you into a world you wish did not exist ” and “the evidence exposes the shocking interest a group of men has in sexually abusing babies, toddlers or pre-school children”.

He explained that five men have pleaded guilty to a range of offences, including rape of a child and conspiracy to rape a child during 2013 and 2014.

They are Robin Hollyson, 30, Christopher Knight, 35, Matthew Lisk, 32, Adam Toms, 33, and 51-year-old David Harsley.

The information was presented as part of the trial of Matthew Stansfield, from Hampshire, and John Denham, formally Benjamin Harrop, from Wiltshire, being heard at Bristol Crown Court.

Stansfield, 34, denies two counts of conspiracy to rape a child under the age of 13 and one count of conspiracy to sexually assault a child under 13.

He has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

Denham, 49, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to rape a child under 13 and conspiracy to sexually assault a child under 13.

He has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child and possessing indecent images of children.

The jury was told they must decide if either of the men on trial were involved in a conspiracy to commit an offence and if they intended that the abuse should be carried out.

The case at Bristol Crown Court continues.

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