Paedophile babysitter Red Saunders jailed for raping girl

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A photography student who posed as a babysitter and filmed himself abusing girls has been jailed for life.

Red Saunders, 23, tricked the parents of two girls, then aged six and eight, into allowing him to spend hours "playing games" with them.

Saunders, of Merstham in Redhill, Surrey, was told he would have to serve a minimum of eight years in prison for the rape of the eight-year-old.

The Old Bailey judge said Saunders was so dangerous be may never be released.

Saunders was able to get access to children despite being placed on the sex offenders register in 2005.

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He pleaded guilty to 24 charges, including raping the eight-year-old girl, sexual assault, inciting children to engage in sexual activity and making and possessing indecent images of children.

He had taken more than 4,000 videos and photographs of young girls.

Saunders had advertised as a babysitter and abused the two girls after their parents placed adverts on the Gumtree website.

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Edward Lucas for the prosecution, told the court: "He employed his charm and guile in order to obtain one-to-one contact with both these little girls."

Mr Lucas said the older girl complained to her parents, and police found images of him abusing one of the girls when they raided his home.

Police also found that he had been filming girls in parks and other public places and editing the footage with child porn.

There was also an "abduction diary" setting out how to abduct little girls, abuse them and then kill them and dispose of their bodies.

Judge Peter Rook told Saunders: "You are obsessed with young girls.

"You have acted out your sexual fantasies. Your conduct amounts to every parent's nightmare."

'Depraved interest'

In 2005, Saunders was convicted of a sexual assault after photographing a five-year-old girl at a gym where he was working as a party organiser.

A two-year supervision order involving sessions with a psychologist was imposed by South East Surrey juvenile court and he was put on the sex offenders register for five years.

Surrey Social Services said he had a "depraved interested" and his fantasies included abducting a seven-year-old girl.

During the trial at the Old Bailey, prosecutor, Mr Lucas said he did not understand why nothing was done in 2005.

"I just can't believe what has occurred," he said.

"In 2005, a full investigation, including a psychological report, was carried out independent of the sentencing exercise.

"I am staggered from what I have read and nothing was done in 2005. He has been left free to do it again."

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