Paedophile caught by undercover policeman
A KEYNSHAM man who was part of a nationwide paedophile ring has been jailed for ten years.
Bank manager Anthony Flack, 54, arranged to meet a man and his ten-year-old daughter for sex in a London hotel, a judge at Reading Crown Court was told.
But Flack, of Windrush Road, was arrested when the "paedophile" behind his sick fantasy turned out to be an undercover police officer called "Dave".
Flack admitted conspiracy to rape a child under 13 years. He admitted 11 counts of making indecent images and one of possessing 290 films of extreme pornography and 51 images. He also admitted arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
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Nigel Lithman, defending the father of two, said: "He did not meet a child, but is ashamed of his actions."
He added that Flack was of good character.
Flack was jailed for ten years in an indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public. He will serve at least five years.
He has also been disqualified from working with children.
Flack was involved in the ring where girls as young as nine were recorded being abused with thousands of videos and still images shared among the men.
The paedophile gang was caught after officers from the Metropolitan Police paedophile unit launched Operation Rockferry when an ongoing investigation uncovered attempts to illicit opportunities to abuse children.
A police spokesman said: "In August 2011 a covert internet investigator engaged with Flack who used the online name of 'WoofWoof'.
"He disclosed that he had previously raped a child under the age of 13. He also spoke of a man, 'Nick', who hosted 'paedophile parties' on a farm.
"Flack met with an undercover officer in London. He booked a hotel room in the belief that he was going to abuse the man's child. "
Other gang members also jailed were Nicholas Cordery and Peter Malpas and a woman called Fiona Parsons-Davies. Cordery, 63, of Murcott, near Malmesbury admitted two counts of conspiring to rape children aged under 13 years.
He also admitted making 1,191 indecent images of children, distributing indecent images and two counts of possessing 185 extreme pornographic images. He was jailed for 11 years in an indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public.
Malpas, of Moulton, Northampton, pleaded guilty to assault of a child and sexual touching of a girl under 13 years. He also admitted possessing 88 movies and 697 indecent images of children, making 98 images and one count of distributing indecent photographs of children, between March 6, last year, and January 18.
He was jailed for a total of 11-and-half-years for the protection of the public.
Parsons-Davies, 45, of Windsor, Berks, admitted child cruelty at an earlier court hearing after her "willful blindness" at not reporting the sexual abuse of a young girl to police.
She was jailed for three years.
Her husband Simon Davies, 37, will be sentenced next month for his role in the gang.