British man who admitted to 71 of 91 charges of child abuse in Malaysia, Richard Huckle, has bagged 23 life sentences with a minimum term of 25 years at the Old Bailey in London today.
Huckle, 30, has been on trial for the past week for the abuse of up to 200 children in Malaysia and Cambodia. The charges brought against him mostly involve the sexual abuse of 23 impoverished children in Kuala Lumpur.
Touting himself as a pious Christian, a freelance photographer, and an English teacher, Huckle admitted to preying on the children over the course of nine years, who were aged between six months and 12 years.
Huckle not only targeted children from poorer communities, he also posted indecent photographs and videos of his sexual acts on the dark web, amassing over 20,000 images that police found on his computer.
Investigators also uncovered a so-called “manual” he wrote titled ‘Pedophiles And Poverty; Child Lover’s Guide’, intended to help other pedophiles find the “best” places to prey on vulnerable children.
In one particularly depraved comment on an online forum, he detailed how he wished to marry one of his victims, who he had known since she was seven years old, and wanted to set up a foster home so he would have a “cycle of children coming through my house”.
According to reports, Huckle kept a tally of abuse, calling it a ‘Pedopoints’ ledger, that indicated he abused a much higher number of children than the 23 identified in his 71 charges.
Huckle was first arrested in December 2014 at Gatwick Airport, but was bailed. After returning to his parents’ home in Ashford, Kent, they called the police and “begged” them to remove him once they found out the reason for his arrest.