Richard Huckle was sentenced today to life imprisonment with a minimum term of almost 24 years for 71 counts of child sexual abuse.
The 30-year-old targeted communities abroad to carry out the abuse on young children, including multiple rapes.
Anthony Hill, International Justice and Organised Crime prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:
“It is hard to put into words the sheer depravity of this case. For almost nine years, Richard Huckle subjected at least 23 children, some of them very young, to the most horrifying abuse imaginable.
“He deliberately targeted and groomed vulnerable communities abroad to gain their trust.
“He took photographs of the abuse to upload on the dark web to share worldwide. He created a score card where he gave himself points for different types of abuse and wrote a paedophile manual giving tips on how to abuse victims and avoid detection.
“Borders are not a barrier to justice and the CPS worked closely with the NCA to painstakingly review all of the evidence from the internet, his computers and cameras. The strength of our evidence led to him pleading guilty to 71 charges.
“Due to the determination of the CPS and investigating authorities, this dangerous man has been brought to justice and is no longer a risk to children.”
Huckle identified and targeted an impoverished community in Malaysia with the specific intention of raping and abusing children within that community.
Richard Huckle pleaded guilty to 71 counts committed over the course of nine years. This included 13 offences of rape, nine offences involving penetrative sexual activity, 34 offences of sexual activity or assault and the taking of very many indecent photographs and videos.
Richard Huckle was sentenced today to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 23 years and 242 days.