Lead detective said it is the “worst case I’ve ever worked on in my police career”.
A woman whose filmed sexual abuse of numerous young girls “caused lifelong damage to each one” has been jailed.
Lee Calder, 31, of Whittlesey, Peterborough was jailed for 18 years, with an extension of a year and sent to a psychiatric unit until she is well enough for the prison population.
She admitted seven counts of assault of a child under 13 by penetration and four counts of causing or inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Calder also admitted three counts of causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography.
Judge Matthew Lowe said the harm caused by Calder “cannot be described as anything other than severe”.
On May 7th this year, Calder’s partner at the time of the abuse, 29-year-old Guy Delph, and 28-year-old Kieran Burton, were both jailed for their parts in the crimes.
In once instance Delph took a picture of his genitals resting on a girl younger than two years old while another image showed him performing a sex act on himself while standing over her.
Delph’s abuse was unprecedented and extensive and has caused lasting damage to the children he abused. All have lasting emotional instability and some have taken to self-harming, Mr Farmer said.
Delph had then sent the images and videos of his abuse of the young girls to his friend Kieren Burton, 28,
The pair, both originally from Downham Market in Norfolk, had become friends after discovering their mutual sexual interest in children, Prosecutor John Farmer QC told the court.
Delph was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 12-and-a-half years before being considered for parole.
Burton was sentenced to 13 years for his crimes at the same court for distributing the images online to a wider ring of paedophiles in return for other abuse images involving children and also images of bestiality.
The trio were only found after Burton’s home was raided due to images he uploaded to social media.
They all subjected the five girls to the abuse over three years.
In his sentencing of the two men, Judge Lowe said: “The evidence unearthed in this difficult and meticulous police investigation shows with absolute clarity that both defendants have a deep-rooted and sexual interest in children, in particular young children.
“Both defendants acted on this perverted interest. Any right-thinking member of the public will view these interests with shock and utter revulsion.
“Delph is a manipulative and dangerously abusive individual who was able to deceive and manipulate people.
“I have read victim impact statements and it is beyond doubt that Delph had a profound impact on these girls, who now have emotional disturbances and some have gone on to self harm.
“They will live for many years if not their entire lives with the consequences of these offences.
“He took images and shared these images with Mr Burton who went on to distribute them to other paedophiles on the internet.
“In determining the type of sentence to be imposed, the first question is whether Mr Delph is dangerous? In my judgement and from the evidence here, it is overwhelmingly clear that the answer to that question is yes.
“Mr Delph presents a serious risk of causing harm and to commit further crimes.
“Mr Burton I also find too that he is dangerous.
“He was addicted to consuming sexual images of children, and also had two manuals containing instructions to paedophiles. Online instant messages about the nature of those images underscore just how entrenched his sexual interest in children was.
“He also encouraged the abuse of child over Skype, encouraging her to use a sex toy.
“He presents a significant risk of causing harm.”
DC Sian Thomas, from the Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (CAISU), said: “This is the worst case I have ever worked on in my entire 11-year police career, the level of sexual offending is the most degrading and sadistic over a sustained period of time, with several different victims.
“Despite the victims not making any formal disclosures to us, even after rapport building for more than a year about the horrific abuse they suffered, they have shown so much courage and resilience throughout the whole investigation. They are all still suffering but with the right help I am hopeful they will begin to recover.”
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