Young girl raped on numerous occasions as her father watched and arranged for her to engage sexually with six other men.
A pedophile who repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl as her father watched, and separately took indecent photographs of a five-year-old girl, has wept in court as a judge jailed him for more than 12 years, reports 9 news.
Ryan Trevor Clegg, 43, pleaded guilty to 15 charges, including four counts of sexual penetration against the 11-year-old, who was also raped by her father and abused by other men dubbed by the media as the Evil 8.
Clegg’s offences against her happened between January 2013 and November 2014 after he met her father through Craigslist, but his overall offending continued until March 2015, the WA District Court heard on Tuesday.
His abuse of the girl included taking photographs and videos of her wearing lingerie in a motel room and raping her as her father watched.
Clegg separately took indecent photographs of the five-year-old girl.
He also shared images on an online chat forum, and police found more than 42,000 images and videos of other child exploitation material on Clegg’s computer hard drives.
The court heard Clegg said in an online chat that: “She grizzles but sometimes I think she does like it. I’m gentle with her.”
But prosecutor Justin Whalley said no child would like it.
“Every right-thinking member of the community condemns it,” he said.
The court also heard the girl told police she tried to push Clegg away but she was not strong enough.
Judge Bruce Goetze said Clegg was aware of the 11-year-old’s age and showed a complete disregard for her, causing her severe emotional trauma.
“You used her as a sexual object,” he said.
“You used her as a vehicle to indulge in your own sexual interest.”
Judge Goetze accepted Clegg was remorseful to some extent.
Clegg must serve at least 10 years and nine months behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.
The father, who cannot be named, was sentenced last year to 22-and-a-half years in jail after admitting raping his daughter and arranging for her to engage sexually with six other men.
He has lodged an appeal against the length of his sentence.
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