A former worker at a gay charity is one of seven pedophiles jailed today for preying on a baby and young children.
Christopher Knight, 35, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, north-west England, got the second highest sentence of seven men in the ring. He will go to prison for 18 years with an extension of six years on license.
He was part of British gay men’s action adventure charity OutdoorLads for around five years.
But he was immediately suspended by the group when they learned about his crimes last November.
None of his crimes had any link whatsoever to his work for the charity and they said they were ‘deeply shocked and appalled’ by what he had done.
Because OutdoorLads only works with people aged over 18, he hadn’t undergone police background checks to work for them.
The pedophile ring he was part of groomed families to access children and even targeted one pregnant woman to abuse her baby when it was born.
They were based all around Britain but would drive hundreds of miles to rape a child and would stream attacks online so others could watch.
Sentencing them to a combined total of 107 years prison at Bristol Crown Court, Judge Julian Lambert said the men had engaged in ‘the most depraved and grossly deviant behaviour imaginable’ which made some people feel ‘physically sick’.
Knight had pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child under 13, two counts of conspiracy to rape a child under 13, two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13, and one count of taking, showing, or possessing indecent images of children.
Only one other member of the ring got a tougher sentence than Knight. Robin Hollyson, 31, from Bedfordshire, who was filmed abusing the baby, was given 24 prison and a further eight years on licence.
The remaining five got between 14 and two years jail. They are Matthew Stansfield, 35, from Hampshire; Adam Toms, 33, from Somerset; John Denham, 50, from Wiltshire – previously known as Benjamin Harrop; Matthew Lisk, 32, from East Sussex and David Harsley, 51, from East Yorkshire.
All were placed on the sex offenders register for life, except for Harsley. The judge is still to determine how long he will be registered for.