Member of Pedophilia Ring Convicted of Plotting to Rape Seven-Month-Old Baby

A man was convicted of plotting to rape a seven-month-old baby, the eighth conviction stemming from an investigation into a pedophilia ring.

Mathew Law, 50, pleaded guilty to conspiring to rape a child under the age of 13 and after a two-week trial, was convicted on Tuesday, according to the Independent. Law was the eighth person to be convicted as part of an investigation conducted by the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency (NCA).

"Today's conviction shows how determined the NCA is in its fight against those with a sexual interest in children and will leave no stone unturned in the relentless pursuit of [an] offender," Luke Phillips from the NCA told the Independent.

Phillips added that anyone who is engaging with people online and watching or sharing indecent images of children will be found and brought to justice.

The NCA began investigating the alleged pedophilia ring, which communicated through Tor, anonymous communication software, and the dark web, in 2014. While Tor and the dark web helped them avoid detection, officers were able to link together the eight members with phone calls, texts and Skype messaging.

In 2015, Robert Davies, who was prosecuting one of the cases, told the jury the prosecution would take them "into a world you wished did not exist," The Guardian reported. He argued that the group of men habitually targeted children under the age of five, hiding behind respectable jobs and families.

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Mathew Law was convicted of plotting the rape of a seven-month-old baby as part of an alleged pedophilia ring. National Crime Agency

Police reportedly said that the child sex offenses committed by the eight men were some of the most "vile and depraved" authorities ever saw. After discussing their sexual interests in young children online, the group allegedly targeted families to facilitate the sexual abuse of their children. Ian Glover, the senior investigating officer, told The Guardian, one family was groomed before the baby was even born.

"They don't stand out as monsters, but they are monsters in disguise," Graham Gardner, deputy director of investigations at the NCA said. "We rarely see criminal behavior involving the sexual abuse of children to this degree. This is serious organized crime at its worst."

Among the conversations the men had, were discussions about which drugs and dosages should be used to drug their victims.

Images and videos of the abuse were shared online, which investigators believe were viewed on every continent. The seven other men to be convicted were, John Denham, Robin Hollyson, Matthew Stansfield, Matthew Lisk, Christopher Knight, David Harsley and Adam Toms.

Law first began communicating with Knight, who was convicted of raping a child under 13, conspiring to rape a child under 13, sexually assaulting a child under 13 and possessing indecent images of children. Knight was sentenced to 24 years in jail.

Hollyson, 34, admitted to filming himself raping a three-month-old baby, according to the Independent, and was found hanged in his jail cell three months into a 24-year jail term.

Toms, who The Guardian reported turned himself into police, received a 16-year jail sentence for raping a child under 13, sexually assaulting a child under 13, administering a substance and possessing indecent images of children.

Stansfield, 38, received a 14-year jail sentence for conspiracy to rape a child under 13, breaking a Sex Offenders Prevention Order and making and possessing indecent images of children.

Denham, 50, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for conspiring to rape and sexually assault a child under 13 and distributing indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

Lisk, 36, was convicted of conspiring to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13 and distributing indecent images of children. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Harsley, 55, received the lowest sentence at only two years for conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13.

Gardner described the gang as having "tentacles that go around the world" and expected there to be more victims than are already known to investigators. Law was taken into custody following his conviction and will be sentenced at a later date.

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