A pa*dophile identified as Gareth Davis has been sentenced to life imprisonment for r*ping and s3xually assaulting a baby in the UK.
The 43-year-old from Runcorn was handed a life imprisonment with a minimum term of 27 years at Chester Crown Court on Monday, May 10, after admitting his vile crimes.
Davis was arrested in October 2021 after National Crime Agency investigators identified that he had uploaded a number of indecent images of children (IIOC) online.
Some of the images had been taken by Davis and showed him r*ping and s3xually assaulting a baby. He had also taken n*ked photos of another young child.
Davis shared the IIOC collection with an online contact, who has since been identified and arrested by NCA officers.
A further 512 IIOC were found on his mobile phone, along with screenshots of Google image searches for ‘baby models’ and ‘underground child modelling photos’.
On 3 December 2021, Davis pleaded guilty to the r*pe of a child under 13, s3xual assault by penetration of a child under 13 and three counts of making IIOC.
If ever released, he will remain on licence and on the s3x offenders register for life.
Kerry Gilgrist from the National Crime Agency, NCA said: “The abuse carried out by Davis is nothing short of horrendous.
"He r*ped a baby and exploited another child for his own sexual gratification, then went one step further and shared images of his abuse with another like-minded individual online.
"There is no greater priority for the NCA than disrupting s3xual offenders and protecting children. I’m pleased that this investigation has ensured Davis has been brought to justice and is now behind bars, where he no longer poses a threat." Gilgrist added.