A couple who filmed themselves sexually assaulting young girls have been jailed for 26 years.
Peter Taylor and Keeli Burlingham, both 33, were called “predatory” by a detective assigned to the case after they were sentenced for abusing five girls at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Friday, local time, in the UK.
“This pair subjected innocent children to sickening abuse. Prison is absolutely where they belong,” Detective Chief Inspector Judith Holmes of Greater Manchester Police’s Public Protection Unit told the court.
The court heard the couple used their phones to film and photograph their victims.
Several phones and a computer were seized from Taylor’s address in Greater Manchester area on April 6, 2018, following intelligence received by the police he was involved in the downloading of indecent images.
Police found more videos on their phones and computer showing other assaults they had carried out.
Messages on the devices revealed he had encouraged Burlingham to sexually assault one of the young victims and send pictures to him.
“Discussions between the two planning the sexual abuse found on their phones were some of the most appalling conversations I have seen in my career,” Detective Holmes said.
Taylor was sentenced to 15 years, plus three years extended sentence, while Burlingham was sentenced to 11 years, plus one year extended sentence.
“Taylor and Burlingham knew how old their victims were. They have absolutely no excuse for their grossly inappropriate and predatory behaviour towards children,” Detective Holmes said.
The pair were charged with facilitating a range of child sex offences, sexual assault to child under 13 and in possession and the creation of indecent photographs.
“I hope today’s result helps the victims and their families move on from what must have been an incredibly traumatic experience,” Detective Holmes said.
- Yahoo UK
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