Briton, 60, jailed for life for abusing Filipino children

Briton, 60, jailed for life for abusing Filipino children


                                                          Photo Credit: The Guardian


LONDON: A Dorset-based pub landlord, who travelled to south-east Asia and filmed himself sexually abusing children as young as eight, has been sentenced with life imprisonment with a minimum term of 14 years.
David Shepherd, 60, from Bridport, flew to the Philippines and recorded himself committing serious sexual offences, including rape, against children. He also paid for and directed live “shows” over the internet in which children as young as 17 months were sexually abused, reported The Guardian.
He was found with a large collection of films he had produced and tens of thousands of indecent images and videos of children that he had downloaded to his computer and hard drives, the report said.
Such was the extent of his offending that the case was split into a series of hearings at Dorchester crown court. He was reportedly convicted by a jury of 22 counts of sexual offenses against children including rape, attempted rape, producing indecent movies of children and paying for sexual services of a child.
Shepherd admitted 10 counts of arranging and facilitating a child sex offence and possessing 20,207 indecent images and videos, said the news portal, adding that he will have to serve at least 14 yearsbehind bars before being considered for parole.
The judge, Peter Johnson, reportedly told Shepherd: “You have no moral boundaries. You have shown no remorse. Your acts will haunt your victims for the rest of their days. Their innocence has been taken from them. You have a deeply engraved sexual interest in young children. You are unquestionably a danger. This life sentence reflects
the public abhorrence for your shocking crimes.”
Shepherd was arrested in November 2015 at the Loders Arms pub near Bridport where he had been landlord for six months, the report pointed out.
Police found that his offending went back to 2007. They discovered that he had abused four girls under 13 in person while in the Philippines. Back in the UK he had contacted other pedophiles in the Philippines and directed at least 76 live “sex shows” involving Filipino children, reported The Guardian.
During police interviews Shepherd reportedly denied visiting and meeting the children in the Philippines, despite evidence including videos of him abusing children, travel tickets and financial records indicating otherwise.
DC David Baker, of Dorset police’s pedophile online investigation team, reportedly said: “This is the most horrific case of child abuse I have had any dealings with. David Shepherd is an individual who presents a serious risk and danger to young children. For many years he has used the internet to commission live sexual abuse which he recorded.
“Such was Shepherd’s arrogance of his offending, he pleaded not guilty despite the overwhelming visual evidence against him. This evidence showed harrowing images of very young children being abused and degraded in the most vile manner.”
The Guardian quoted an NSPCC spokesperson for south-west England as saying: “The youngsters in these pictures and films are the victims of unspeakable abuse and the harrowing experiences they endured for the sexual gratification of Shepherd and other offenders should not be underestimated.”