A English couple who have been jailed for a total of 84 child abuse charges. The pair subjected children to a decade of sex and drug abuse, including rape. Nicholas Taylor was convicted of 62 offences and wife his Joan was found guilty of 22. The children were boys and girls all aged under 16. Some were as young as 11.
ABC called it one of Britian's worst child abuse cases.
According to the BBC, police called the couple "master manipulators.” While sentencing the couple, the judge called Nicholas "a monster.” Nicholas’ response: a thumbs up and the comment, "yeah, spot on.”
The judge, Nicholas Dean, said, “You caused children to become addicted to drugs and you used their bodies for your pleasure. … In truth your behaviour stems from craven lack of any moral compass and your depraved appetite for drugs and sexual gratification. … You raped children. You are an intelligent man, but a monster."
The judge went on to say that he sees no good, no redeeming qualities, in Nicholas.
The pair were from Northampton, England. Nicholas, 47, was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 18 years. Joan, 43, was given an 18-year sentence. They were sentenced for crimes that took place between 1996 and 2006.
Nicholas was found guilty of 10 counts of rape, three counts of rape of a child under 13, one count of attempted rape, one count of actual bodily harm, 10 counts of indecency with a child, 11 counts of sexual activity with a child, nine counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four counts of assault of a child under 13 by penetration, two counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act, one indecent assault and six counts of supplying Class A drugs. Joan Taylor was found guilty of six rapes, two rapes of a child under 13, two counts of sexual activity with a child, five counts of indecency with a child, three counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and four counts of supplying Class A drugs.
Taylor had appeared on a television show BBC Look East as a reformed criminal with previous convictions for indecency. Joan was a former prostitute.
Det Insp Adam Pendlebury told the BBC after the sentencing, "The Taylors plied their victims with drugs and alcohol before sexually abusing them and that abuse has had a lasting impact on their victims.”
[North Hamptonshire Police]