Briton Richard Huckle has been sentenced to 22 life sentences for the sexual molestation of children in Southeast Asia over the course of more than 7 years. Huckle was arrested at Gatwick Airport near London in 2014. Afterwards he plead guilty to 71 counts of abuse, most of which took place in Malaysia, although prosecutors believe he had as many as 200 victims.
Huckle posed as a Christian English teacher in a poor Malaysian community in order to groom and abuse children and also abused children in Cambodia. He was arrested after Australian authorities tipped off British police who found Huckle on a darknet forum for pedophiles. The forum had around 9,000 members before it was shut down.
Huckle posted comments and material on that forum that was truly chilling, including a 60-page guidebook entitled “Pedophiles & Poverty: Child Lover Guide.”
“Impoverished kids are definitely much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids,” Huckle wrote. “I still plan on publishing a guide on this subject sometime.”
“I’d hit the jackpot,” he commented on another occasion, “a 3yo girl as loyal to me as my dog and nobody seemed to care.”
He took and posted more than 20,000 pictures and videos of himself raping children from schools and orphanages. He would then award himself “Pedopoints” on a scorecard he made for himself depending on the identity of the child and the nature of the abuse. There were 191 names on the ledger.
“Under the rules,” the Independent reported, “he could not receive points for the same activity with the same child in the same week.”
Authorities were not able to prosecute him for every name on the list because they did not have the same photographic evidence for each victim.
“It is also clear that, had you not been arrested, you planned to continue the same lifestyle using the expertise that you were keen to show off to and share with other abusers so as to continue your sexual exploitation of the children of such communities,” Judge Peter Rook, who sentenced Huckle, said to him in court.
Huckle initially plead not guilty to 191 charges of abuse by, for reasons still unclear, later plead guilty to 171 charges. He told the court he was “easily influenced” by the “pathetic, perverted list of those who drew me into the dark net,” and his actions were motivated by “low self-esteem and lack of confidence with women.”