A paedophile who was spared jail after molesting a five-year-old girl went on to rape a child by posing as a babysitter on the internet. Red Saunders, 23, raped a girl of eight and sexually assaulted another seven-year-old girl after tricking two families into believing he was a legitimate babysitter. He was hired through Gumtree, a popular online classifieds noticeboard, after using his brother’s name to pose as a child minder.
'Hoodwinked': Using a false name, Saunders advertised his services as a babysitter on Gumtree despite being convicted of molesting a girl when he was 15. Social Services even raised fears over his 'disturbing and profound predatory interest in young girls'
The parents of the girls had no idea he had been banned from working with children in 2005 for molesting a five-year-old girl while working as a playgroup organiser at a gym. When they asked Saunders to provide a document to show he had been vetted by the Criminal Records Bureau, he claimed it was ‘on its way’. Following his arrest, police found a terrifying ‘abduction diary’ in which he described how to kidnap girls, abuse them, kill them and dispose of their bodies.
Officers also discovered more than 4,000 videos and pictures he had taken of children over the past two years. He was described as ‘every parent’s nightmare’ as he was jailed for life at the Old Bailey yesterday for a string of child abuse charges. He will serve a minimum of eight years before he is eligible for parole. Judge Peter Rook QC told him: ‘You are obsessed with young girls. It is clear to me that you are an intelligent young man. You spurned your talents in order to plan carefully the systematic abuse of young girls who had been entrusted to your care. You have acted out your sexual fantasies without any thought as to the consequences of your actions. Your actions represent a massive breach of trust. Your conduct amounts to every parent’s nightmare. You inveigled yourself into the lives of decent families with great cunning. You presented yourself as plausible, charming, someone who appeared to interact cheerfully and well with children. It is quite clear your sexual offending is well entrenched. You have been downloading indecent images of children since you were 12. I am absolutely clear that you represented a high risk of serious harm to young girls.’
'Disturbing': The Old Bailey, pictured, heard how Saunders played out his sick fantasies, planning scripts, costumes and games for the two girls aged six and eight while he filmed his abuse marking the footage 'Paedo Productions' and 'My Legacy'
Saunders, an art and photography student at Wimbledon College of Art in South-West London, was banned from working with children for life and his name will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life. In October 2011, Saunders abused a seven-year-old girl at her home, filming it using a camera on a tripod. In April 2012, he raped and sexually assaulted an eight-year-old girl at her home on two consecutive days, which he also filmed. He edited the footage and called the clips Paedo Productions and My Legacy.
Cunning: : Judge Peter Rook QC told Saunders after sentencing him to life in prison, 'You inveigled yourself into the lives of decent families with great cunning'
Prosecutor Edward Lucas said: ‘In each case he provided an aide memoire for himself, setting out what he proposed to do to both girls under the guise of playing games. All of the details were a choreographed step-by-step guide to what he was going to do to both children.’ Saunders, from Redhill, Surrey, was placed under a supervision order at Guildford Crown Court in October 2005 after he admitted touching a five year-old girl during a game of hide and seek at a local gym. He was also added to the Sex Offenders Register for five years.
Source: Daily Mail UK