A sixth paedophile has received the highest sentence aside from her father, who pimped her out to the others was imprisoned over his role in the sexual abuse of a West Australian girl.
A 43-year-old Ryan Trevor Clegg, wiped away tears as he was sentenced in the WA District Court to 12 years and nine months behind bars after admitting he repeatedly raped the 11-year-old girl as her father watched.
Including sexually penetrating and indecently recording the girl, who was also raped by her father and abused by other men dubbed by the media as the Evil 8, Clegg pleaded guilty to 15 charges.
Taking photographs and videos of her wearing lingerie in a motel room was included in his abuse to the girl.
A five-year-old girl was separately taken indecent photographs by Clegg. He also shared images on an online chat forum, and police found more than 42,000 images and videos of other child exploitation material on Clegg’s computer hard drives.
The court heard Clegg said in an online chat about the 11-year-old girl that: “She grizzles but sometimes I think she does like it. I’m gentle with her.”
She tried to push Clegg away but she was not strong enough, the girl said to the police.
Judge Bruce Goetze said Clegg was aware of her age and showed a complete disregard for her, using her as a sexual object, but accepted he had some remorse.
Before he can be eligible for parole, Clegg must serve at least 10 years and nine months behind bars.
He sparked outrage last year when it emerged he was living close to a school and childcare centre, and he was then taken into custody.
Legislative amendments are being proposed to make securing bail tougher for serious sex offenders before sentencing due to Clegg’s case, but the changes cannot pass until after the state election.
The father, who cannot be named, was sentenced last year to 22-and-a-half years in jail after admitting raping his daughter and arranging for her to engage sexually with six other men. He has lodged an appeal.
Photographer Benjamin Simon Clarke was previously jailed for three years over his involvement in the girl’s abuse, while former pastor and father-of-two, Dawid Volmer, was jailed for 10-and-a-half years.
Nicholas Adam Beer was sentenced to seven years behind bars, while Troy Phillip Milbourne was jailed for five years and three months.
Alfred John Impicciatore has pleaded not guilty and will stand trial later this year.
An eighth man originally connected to the group did not abuse the girl.