Surrey

Redhill paedophile Red Saunders advertised as babysitter

A convicted paedophile from Surrey went on to rape a child after he advertised on a website as a babysitter, the Old Bailey has been told.

Red Saunders, 23, from Redhill, abused two girls, aged seven and eight, in their homes after using his brother's name to advertise on Gumtree.

He was banned in 2005 from working with children after a court found him guilty of touching a five-year-old girl.

He pleaded guilty to the latest charges and will be sentenced 23 November.

'Chilling and horrendous'

Two families left Saunders alone with their daughters after he was able to convince them that they would be safe with him.

He set up cameras in the children's bedrooms and filmed them while pretending to play games.

When he was arrested earlier this year police found a "chilling and horrendous" diary in which Saunders planned his attacks.

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

He had more than 4,000 videos and pictures he had taken of children over the past two years, the court heard.

In 2004, Saunders had touched and photographed a five-year-old girl at a gym where he was working as a playgroup organiser.

A two-year supervision order was imposed by South East Surrey juvenile court in 2005 and he was put on the sex offenders register.

Prosecutor Edward Lucas told the Old Bailey that Saunders had been allowed to offend again in spite of a social services report which said he was a danger to children.

He said: "I just can't believe what has occurred. 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."

Judge Charles Wide responded: "What on earth did the magistrates think they were doing?"

Later he said: "Perhaps the justices were not told. Something has gone terribly wrong."

The judge said he did not want to appear to be criticising when he was not in possession of the full facts.

Judge Wide ordered a report as to the level of danger posed by Saunders, with a view to jailing him indefinitely.

Saunders was remanded in custody until sentencing.

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