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Damien Red Saunders sentenced to life imprisonment

23/11/2012

Damien Red Saunders, 24, given a life sentence with a minimum of eight years imprisonment for child sex offences.

Claire Holder, a CPS London Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: "This predatory paedophile posed as a babysitter to gain entry into the homes of two families. He provided bogus details of babysitting experience and references and stalled requests for CRB information.

"Saunders used his charm to deliberately exploit the trust of the parents in this case in order to commit unspeakable crimes against their daughters. He planned these crimes in great detail, even drafting scripts about how to execute his plans.

"Documented evidence was found in Saunders' home of plans to commit more serious crimes, including the abduction, rape and murder of a child. The CPS worked closely with the police in presenting a robust case to the court that left Saunders with no choice but to plead guilty to his crimes."

Notes:

  • Saunders pleaded guilty on 22 October 2012 to one count of rape of a child under 13 years old, four counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 years old; two counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 years old to engage in sexual activity; and six counts of making indecent images of children. These crimes were committed against a seven-year-old girl in her home in Brent between 31 October and 5 November 2011; and an eight-year-old girl in her home in Bromley between 17 and 19 April 2012.
  • During the investigation and search of the home of Saunders, videos, sex paraphernalia and over 4,000 indecent photographic images of other unidentified girls of around the same age, some of whom he would have come into direct contact with, were found.
  • Saunders pleaded guilty to a number of other counts relating to making and possessing indecent images of children. All counts refer to a period between February 2011 and April 2012.

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