Two Found Guilty Of Plotting Sex Attacks On Baby

Two men have been found guilty of plotting to commit sex attacks on a baby.

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Matthew Stansfield, 34, from Hampshire, and 49-year-old John Denham, from Wiltshire, were part of a gang of paedophiles who targeted babies and children under five years old.

They claimed Skype chats discussing their plans and preferences were just a fantasy, but a jury of four women and eight men at Bristol Crown court found Stansfield guilty of two counts of conspiracy to rape a child under the age of 13.

He had previously admitted making and possessing indecent images of children.

Football coach Denham, a married father-of-two previously known as Benjamin Harrop, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a child under 13, but not guilty of conspiracy to rape a child under 13.

He previously admitted conspiracy to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child and possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

The latest convictions follow previous guilty pleas by five men for child abuse charges including rape, sexual assault, conspiracy to rape, conspiracy to sexually assault a child under 13 and making and sharing indecent images of children.

They are 30-year-old Robin Hollyson from Bedfordshire; 35-year-old Christopher Knight from Manchester; 33-year-old Adam Toms from Somerset; 51-year-old David Harsley from Hull; and 32-year-old Matthew Lisk from East Sussex.

Toms, Hollyson and Knight all admitted raping a baby.

 

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