Man jailed for sexually assaulting baby - Watford

30/06/2014

A man, who committed sex offences on a baby girl, was was given an extended prison sentence of 14 years today, Monday, 30 June 2014.

Clive Gay sexually assaulted the tiny infant and photographed himself in the act. The photos were found on his computer amongst a hoard of child pornography that was so disturbing some police officers had needed counselling after seeing it.

Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Bright QC told Gay: "This material is so graphic and so horrible that I understand some of the police officers who had to watch and catalogue the material needed to have counselling afterwards."

The material was found on a computer at his home in Watford, Herts when police raided the property in April of last year.

St Albans Crown Court was told that Gay, aged 45, had downloaded hundreds of sickening still images of child sex abuse, as well as movie clips complete with soundtracks, depicting the rape of babies and toddlers. Also found were a set of photos taken on his own camera of a 14-month-old baby. The tiny infant was being sexually assaulted by Gay.

After making enquiries officers were able to trace the family of the child who, when told what had happened, were shocked and stunned. They had looked on Gay as a friend who'd been entrusted to look after the child on a number of occasions.

The judge told Gay: "The extent to which you breached the trust they placed in you is one of the most shocking aspects of this case."

Gay, of Leven Close, Watford, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on a child under 13 by penetration, one count of sexual assault on a child under 13, and one count of taking indecent photographs of a child. He also admitted 11 offences of making indecent photographs of a child, two counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child, and one count of possessing 38 extreme pornographic images.

A pre-sentence report called for by the judge had found that Gay posed a "high risk of serious harm to children."

The judge said: "Given the circumstances of this case, it is difficult to see how anyone could argue with that conclusion."

Carle Woolfe, defending, said: "He needs substantial assistance to deal with the thoughts and feelings he has for children. He knows he faces a lengthy custodial sentence. He wishes to express his remorse and disgust as to how he has behaved and the hurt and upset he has caused."

The judge sentenced Gay to an extended prison sentence of 14 years, explaining to him that the custodial period behind bars will be ten and a half years in prison and he will then be on licence for three and a half years. His name was also added to the sex offender's register and he was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

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