Robert Stanley kept videos of child abuse on his phone (Credit: National Crime Agency)
Robert Stanley, 36, of Feenan Highway, and Danielle Schofield, 34, fantasised about kidnapping, gagging and keeping a child chained up as their ‘sex slave’.
During a video call Stanley encouraged and incited Schofield to sexually abuse an eight-year-old girl in August 2019.
Stanley took screenshots of the crime for his own gratification.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) launched an investigation in April 2020 after intelligence suggested Stanley had accessed three category A (the most serious) child abuse videos.
He was arrested at Schofield’s home in West Yorkshire later that month but released on conditional bail while the investigation continued.
An examination of Stanley’s mobile phone showed he had sent Schofield a category B indecent image of a child in May 2019.
NCA officers also discovered disturbing conversations between the two between April 2019 and March 2020. They discussed child abuse, alleged previous abuse of the girl and plotted future abuse.
Stanley also had four category B images on his phone including two screenshots from the video call.
Officers identified and safeguarded the victim.
They arrested Stanley for serious child sexual offences in September 2020. Schofield was also detained in Dewsbury.
Both of them admitted to arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, taking indecent images of children and distributing indecent images of children.
Today, Stanley was jailed for four-and-a-half years and Schofield for three years and four months. They were also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life and were given sexual harm prevention orders.
NCA Regional Head of Investigations Jacque Beer said: “There is no greater priority for the NCA than protecting children from sexual abuse.
“These were sickening crimes where Stanley and Schofield had disturbing conversations about their fantasies. A particular fantasy of theirs became a reality when Schofield sexually abused a child while they were on a video call.
“The NCA prioritises these cases to safeguard vulnerable children and prosecute offenders.”
Child Protection Charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children.
If you are concerned a crime has been committed against a child contact your local police. For child safety advice visit Thinkunkow.co.uk
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