Life sentence for sex attacks on children.

13/01/2005

Oxford Crown Court sentences computer expert to life for sex attacks on children.

 

A 34-year-old man from Bicester, Oxfordshire was today given a life sentence at Oxford Crown Court after a series of sex attacks on children.

Stephen Langford had filmed himself abusing the children between January 2001 and August 2004. Five girls and two boys, aged between 18 months and 8 years, were the victims of these abuses.

Langford admitted to 6 indecent assaults, 5 counts of sexual assault, 2 counts of making indecent images of children, a charge of possession of indecent images relating to 80000 photographs found on his computer, as well as 1 count of rape. There were 2 further counts of rape which were ordered to lie on the file.

Langford had gained access to the children as his girlfriend had worked as a childminder.

The offences came to light after a DVD containing videos of the abuses was anonymously sent to the Thames Valley Police child protection unit. It is still not known who provided police with this DVD.

Passing sentence, Judge Julian Hall ordered that Langford would not be eligible for parole until he had served at least 4 years of his life sentence. The Judge branded Langford "wicked".

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: "These children were attacked, mostly as they slept, by Stephen Langford who filmed the abuse. These were abhorrent attacks on innocent young children. Our thoughts are with the children and their families as they cope with the consequences of Stephen Langford's evil acts."