Devon paedophile paid £33,000 to see children and babies abused while he watched
Paedophile Alain Collings who was jailed for 18 years
Paedophile Alain Collings who was jailed for 18 years
A paedophile who arranged for babies to be abused in the Philippines while he watched on Skype has been jailed for 18 years. Alain Collings paid women he knew in Manila £33,000 to abuse up to 46 children and babies while he recorded their suffering at his home in Devon.
He typed text as he watched on Skype telling the children and the women what he wanted them to do and sometimes appeared in a box at the edge of the screen.
He told girls as young as eight that he planned to ‘pop them’ when he next visited the Philippines and made it clear he was masturbating as he watched them.
Collngs gave the older girls nicknames like Bambi and Sugar Pea and exposed himself to them via Skype. He told two 12-year-old they were happy ‘because they had seen the monster’.
Police experts recovered 102 hours of recorded abuse and were able to identify between 35 and 46 different girls aged about two to 15 in the 261 movies and 1,975 stills.
Collings started a relationship with a woman while living in the Philippines and two stills dating back to 2011 showed him abusing a two-year-old baby.
Detectives called in an anatomy professor to compare his hands and were also able to identify him though jewellery he wore and a tattoo on his arm.
Collings, 39, of Chapple Road, Witheridge, near Tiverton, admitted two offences of sexual assault on a child, five of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, three of arranging sexual offences against children and seven of making or possessing indecent images of children.
He was jailed for 18 years with an eight year extended licence by Recorder Mr David Bartlett at Exeter Crown Court.
He was also put on the sex offenders for life and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will restrict his access to children on his release.
The judge told him: “This is, if not the worst, then one of the worst, cases I have ever come across. For you to take sexual delight from watching the abuse of children in the Philippines seems to be to be quite dreadful.
“It is behaviour that is abhorrent to a civilised society for which you must be punished. It is quite clear these girls suffered physical pain and psychological harm which will affect them in the future.
“Children were abused either by you or under your direction. You set up the abuse and told them what to do while you viewed the footage in your bed.
“There is a suggestion you tried to blame others and minimise your offending. That shows your distorted thinking.
“You are a very troubled and very dangerous individual and I have no doubt you pose a high risk.”
Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Collings had been married to a Filipino woman but split up and started a relationship with a woman who helped him carry out the offences.
She had four sisters and a large extended family and some of the victims are thought to be related to her.
The woman appears with Collings in the two stills which show them abusing a two-year-old girl in 2011.
He returned to Britain later that year because he had visa problems and wanted to be with his terminally ill mother, who has since died.
He moved into the family home with his father and brother and started arranging for his girlfriend and other women to abuse children in the Philippines so he could watch it by Skype and record it.
Miss Eagles said he was caught because he was also downloading images from the internet and his IP address was identified as accessing sites which the police were monitoring.
Experts from the high-tech crime unit found the 102 hours of recordings when they examined his computers.
The footage is known by police as first generation abuse images because it shows actual abuse. Collings used the name robert.redwood4 during his Skype chats.
Miss Eagles said: “Children were being abused by adult females in the Philippines at the request and under the instruction of the defendant. During some of the chat log he appears in a window on screen and it very clear he is directing the abuse.
“In one chat log with a girl who is about 13 he says ‘let’s see that beautiful body’ and asks if she will allow him to pop her when he gets to meet her.
“The officer in the case has looked at all the clips of live abuse and identified between 35 and 46 different children, all girls aged two to 15.
“We say he was paying for the abuse to take place. He paid just over £33,000 to two or three women who have been identified. In at least one chat log he speaks about rewarding the girls.
“We believe the money was being used in large part to encourage and enable the ongoing abuse of children.”
Some of the clips feature 12-year-old twins who he also ask to have sex with him when he next visits the Philippines. In one chat with an eight-year-old he says he will wait until she is ten before having sex.
Mr Nicolas Gerasimidis, defending, said Collings sent the cash to support his girlfriend and her extended family rather than to pay for the abuse.
He said Collings committed the offences over four years during which he was depressed and isolated. There was no rape, no violence, and no threats in the videos.
He said: “It would be wrong to say he has not shown remorse for the hell his life descended into. His thinking was distorted by spending time in the Philippines where they have their own views and acceptance of this sort of behaviour. He tells me attitudes to this type of offending are very different from that in a civilised society.”
After the case Detective Constable Darren White, of the Devon and Cornwall paedophile online investigation team, said safeguarding inquiries are being carried out by the authorities in the Philippines.
He welcomed the 18 year sentence and said: “We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to being offenders to justice for these horrendous crimes, which often leave vulnerable victims emotionally scarred for the rest of their lives.
“Paedophiles are using increasingly sophisticated methods in order to carry on their offending and we, together with other law enforcement agencies, are also using increasingly sophisticated methods to catch them.”
An NSPCC spokesperson for South West England said: “This extremely distressing case involved the horrendous sexual abuse of numerous children in the Philippines.
“Collings personally arranged and financed these sickening attacks on vulnerable children and the sentence passed reflects the danger he poses.
“The youngsters in these pictures and films are the victims of unspeakable abuse and the harrowing experiences they endured for the sexual gratification of Collings should not be underestimated.”
Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.